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2014 Radiology Coding Updates


Are You In Sync With The 2014 Radiology Coding Updates?

Accurately coding breast procedures in 2014 will require you to confirm the type of guidance your radiologist used when placing a localization device and to count each additional lesion. Having a handle on the types of imaging guidance used is a good first step to choosing the correct localization device code. Here is a general explanation of each of these guidance techniques:

  • Mammographic guidance: using radiation/X-ray image of breast tissue to verify the placement of the localization device near the targeted tissue.
  • Stereotactic guidance: a special mammography machine using X-rays to help guide the provider’s instruments to the site of the abnormal growth.
  • Ultrasound guidance: high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) are sent and received by a machine, creating an image used to guide needle placement.
  • Magnetic resonance guidance: use of powerful magnetic fields and radiofrequency pulses to create detailed images.

Make certain you implement the new radiology CPT® codes describing the localization, number of lesions treated and guidance used with this expert advice. Michelle Myrick, CPC, CPC-I, will provide you with a list, description, and examples of updates and changes to procedure codes used most often by radiologists in hospitals or office settings, including teaching facilities.

This session will help you:

  • Adopt these 2014 CPT® new codes, including four phone/Internet codes
  • Avoid overlooking 2014 CPT® changes, such as revisions and deletions.
  • Get the latest updates to ICD-9/ICD-10 codes.
  • Learn how to request (and get) needed documentation and/or addenda.

Who should attend? Radiology, emergency medicine, trauma coders, managers, administrators, compliance officers, auditors


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