Month: March 2020

6 Communication Tactics for the COVID-19 Pandemic
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6 Communication Tactics for the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 24, 2020 As practices grapple with rapid change over the last week, physicians and practice leaders are being barraged with information, issues, and staff concerns. In times like these, clear and accurate communication are the foundations of effective operations, patient care, and employee well-being. Here are six essential communication tactics to put into place...

Yeast Dermatitis
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Yeast Dermatitis

March 19, 2020 Question: What diagnosis code is reported for yeast dermatitis? Answer: You would report B36.8 (Other specified superficial mycoses) for yeast dermatitis. *This response is based on the best information available as of 3/19/20.

Billing for Fluoroscopy for Nerve Block
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Billing for Fluoroscopy for Nerve Block

March 19, 2020 Question: Can I bill fluoroscopy with 64505 for nerve block of the sphenopalatine ganglion, as imaging guidance is not separately billable for other nerve blocks? Answer: While there are some nerve blocks that don’t allow separate billing, 64505 does allow you to bill for image guidance and localization, as stated in the...

Billing code 36200 with EVAR
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Billing code 36200 with EVAR

March 19, 2020 Question: I’m confused about how to code the catheterization with the new EVAR codes. We still do a bilateral catheterization of the aorta. Can we code 36200 bilaterally? Answer: The new EVAR codes, updated and completely changed in 2018, bundle the aorta catheterization with the main body placement, so 36200, non-selective arterial...

Are Pre-Op Visits Billable?
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Are Pre-Op Visits Billable?

March 19, 2020 Question: For patients that are having surgery that day, I’ve been doing pre-op visits that morning (coming in earlier), and not doing a pre-op visit in clinic the week before surgery. Can I bill a follow up visit for the meeting/note (H&P) that occurs the morning of surgery? Answer: No—a routine pre-op...

Breast Biopsy
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Breast Biopsy

March 19, 2020 Question: I did a biopsy of the breast defect before doing the reconstruction. Can I also code for the breast biopsy? Answer: A biopsy from the same surgical location as a primary procedure (breast reconstruction) is not separately reported. *This response is based on the best information available as of 03/19/20.  

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