Otolaryngology CPT® and ICD-10 Update for 2018

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Prerecorded Event
Presenter(s)
Barbara J. Cobuzzi, MBA, CPC, CENTC, COC, CPC-P, CPC-I, CPCO, AAPC Fellow
Length
60 minutes
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Expert Insights on the 2018 Otolaryngology Coding Updates


What changes does 2018 CPT® have in store for the otolaryngology specialty? Examining the new codes and how they will impact coding for the otolaryngology practice are the keys your success for the new year. Everyone from coders and billers, managers and administrators to auditors and otolaryngologists themselves have an important role to play in making sure your practice gets paid for all its services and keeps denials at bay. In 2018, there are new codes added to functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) that will modify your approach to coding for this treatment for a chronic condition.

Keeping up to date with the latest coding changes and avoiding denials due to incorrect reporting of services is crucial to the health of the practice. Join oto coding maven Barbara J. Cobuzzi, MBA, CPC, COC , CPC-P, CPC-I , CPCO, CENTC, AAPC Approved ICD-10-CM Instructor, for an informative session designed to help you compliantly optimize payment within the 2018 CPT® coding framework. This session will examine the new codes and how they will impact coding for the otolaryngology practice. Barbara will address the modified wording for existing CPT® codes in 2018, new CPT® codes for FESS in 2018, and revised wording on CPT® codes for bronchoscopy in 2018, as well as ICD-10 changes that impact otolaryngology. After this session, you’ll be armed with a practical understanding of how to integrate the new 2018 CPT codes with the existing CPT codes.

Session Highlights

  • Modified wording for existing CPT® codes in 2018
  • New CPT® codes for FESS in 2018
  • Revised wording CPT® codes for bronchoscopy in 2018
  • ICD-10 changes that impacts otolaryngology
  • Insights on new, revised and deleted CPT® codes for 2018
  • Documentation and modifier use issues and other issues resulting in denials

Session Agenda

  • 2018 E/M coding changes in regards to hospital observation services and prolonged services
  • Effect of the code change for the Integumentary system involving flaps (skin and/or deep tissues)
    • Code deleted: 15732
    • New codes added: 15730 and 15733
    • Code unchanged: 15731
  • Code changes for respiratory system
    • Similarity and differences to the drastic FESS coding layout changes in 1994
    • Why bring the changes that were dropped earlier in the loop again
  • Code changes for sinus surgery
    • No changes introduced for code range 31231 through 31240
    • New codes introduced: 31241, 31253, 31257, 31259 and 31298
    • Why individual FESS codes should not be reported instead of the bundled codes
    • Which codes to use for:
      • Total ethmoidectomy and frontal exploration and  antrostomy with or without removal of polyp(s)
      • Total ethmoidectomy and frontal exploration and  antrostomy and removal of antral mucosal disease, with or without removal of polyp(s)
      • Total ethmoidectomy and sphenoidotomy and  antrostomy, with or without removal of polyp(s)
      • Total ethmoidectomy and sphenoidotomy and  antrostomy and removal of antral mucosal disease, with or without removal of polyp(s)
      • Total ethmoidectomy and sphenoidotomy and frontal exploration
      • Total ethmoidectomy and sphenoidotomy and frontal exploration and  antrostomy, with or without removal of polyp(s)
      • Total ethmoidectomy and sphenoidotomy and frontal exploration and  antrostomy and removal of antral mucosal disease, with or without removal of polyp(s)
  • Code changes for Larynx
  • Code changes for inner ear
  • The new CMS fee schedule

 Who Should Attend

  • Coders
  • Otolaryngologists
  • Managers / Administrators
  • Billers
  • Billing managers
  • Coding managers
  • Auditors

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About Our Speaker

Barbara J. Cobuzzi - Healthcare Compliance Training Expert

Barbara J. Cobuzzi is Vice President of Stark Coding and Consulting LLC in Shrewsbury, NJ. She holds a B.S. in industrial engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. from New York University. She holds certifications from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) as a CPC (certified physician coder), COC (certified hospital outpatient coder), CPC-P (certified payer coder) CPC-I (certified coding instructor) and CPCO (certified professional compliance officer). She...   More Info
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