CPT® 2015 is here, which means it’s time for you to comb through the 264 new codes, 134 revised codes, and 143 deleted codes and highlight what you need to apply to your family practice. Let our expert presenter Jill Young do the hard work. She’ll show you how you’ll need to apply new codes for vaccinations, arthrocentesis, and chronic care management while having to take into account some descriptor changes to old codes. Plus, you have revisions to CPT® guidelines, and if you don’t follow these sometimes subtle tweaks, then your claims could land in limbo.
As is typical for every year, CPT® 2015 made changes to vaccination codes. Specifically, you will have to add two new vaccine codes to your potential choices, but you also need to notice many changes to the descriptors of old codes. In addition, you have some new CPT® arthrocentesis codes involving ultrasound guidance. Plus, rejoice: check out five CCM codes that may make your chronic care management services coding less of a chore.
Also in 2015, don’t forget to switch your focus to modifiers. For instance, modifier 59 is associated with considerable abuse and high levels of manual audit activity, leading to reviews, appeals, and even civil fraud and abuse cases when being used incorrectly to identify a distinct service. Also, in many cases, it was not clear as to why the modifier was being used (whether to identify a distinct service, separate encounter or anatomical site). So, in order to overcome the problem, CMS decided to provide more specific options to replace modifier 59.
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You can’t afford to miss out on this high-impact Family Practice information.
Each year codes, guidelines and policies change, which means that you have to keep up-to-date with the latest information. Learning what these changes are—no matter how subtle—and how to transition to their daily use is important. Staying up to date keeps your practice compliant and keeps your cash flow consistent. Additionally, tips for every day Family Practice coding should always be a part of the discussion. Anyone can brush up on these Family Practice hot spots. Don’t miss this opportunity to do so!
Who should attend
Administrators, Office Managers, Coders and Billers
Jill Young, CPC, CEDC, CIMC, is the Principal of Young Medical Consulting, LLC, A company founded 11 years ago to meet the education and compliance needs of physicians and their staff. Jill has over 30 years of medical experience working in all areas of the medical practice including clinical, billing and rounding with physicians. Her comments and opinions can be seen in several publications and also...
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