In case you haven’t heard, they’re here: Yes, the 2019 Current Procedural Terminology CPT® codes have been released, with 335 code changes for 2019. Though they don’t take effect until Jan. 1, 2019 (and there could be more changes before then), it’s wise to begin More..
As an experience coded, “compliance” is term you’re more than familiar with. But do you fully understand how to be compliance-ready for a potential anesthesia audit from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) or Medicare? The OIG, Medicare, and other payers are scrutinizing anesthesia More..
Although orthopedic societies have pushed to make shoulder surgery coding more akin to coding for other joint procedures, many Medicare guidelines still consider the shoulder as a one-compartment joint. In other words, while there’s been some movement toward the two-compartment viewpoint, many coding guidelines for More..
The use of technology in urology procedures – especially surgeries – has introduced many benefits: fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and recovery periods, and much smaller surgery scars. So it’s no surprise that we’ve seen a significant rise in robotic-assisted surgeries in recent years. The More..
Opioid abuse is a hot headline topic, with concern growing over how many people are turning to opioids for pain management. As a result, payers have their eyes trained on pain management claims, regardless of subtopic. That’s why pain management coders need to up your More..
The word’s out: Claims reimbursements are getting tougher for urology coders, and all the looming changes to CPT® and ICD-10-CM codes don’t make things any easier. It’s your job to accurately present and report urology procedures and services. Drill down into your knowledge now and More..
Change is in the air. Not only are the summer days shortening, but the days to use existing ICD-10-CM codes are too. ICD-10-CM changes will take effect Oct. 1, 2018 – barely over a month away. Plus, CPT® 2019 is on the horizon and will More..
Starting on Oct. 1, 2018, you will need to begin using the new codes in the updated 2019 ICD-10-CM/PCS. There were hundreds of new, deleted, and revised codes in the latest update, and the Ob-Gyn specialty wasn’t spared. Many of the changes that will impact More..
Pediatrics coders have a whole host of ICD-10-CM coding changes to learn by October 1, 2018, and you’re probably focusing quite a bit on the 25 new codes describing newborn complications in Chapter 16. But while you’re getting up to speed on those changes, don’t More..
Here comes a plethora of new and revised ICD-10-CM codes for ophthalmology and optometry—from more specific code choices to identify the affected eye and eyelid, to brand-new code sets for rosacea conjunctivitis and “droopy brows.” Make sure you’re ready to use the new codes come More..