Radiology Practice Blog

RADIOLOGY DOCUMENTATION TIPS – DOCUMENTING VIEWS

YOUR WORDS MATTER – CHOOSE THEM CAREFULLY. CPT codes and their descriptions are the standards that need to be followed. Code assignments are based on Radiologist documentation. The financial audience is looking for a match between the Radiologist’s documentation and the codes assigned. Always document the number/types of views read. Understand the difference between Views and Films...

2019 Radiology CPT Code Changes May Impact Your Radiology Practice Performance

There are new, revised, and deleted codes for 2019. The most influential code sets that could affect your practice are the PICC line placements (36568-36573) and the new FNA biopsy codes (10004-10021). The wRVUs may be lower, but that should not influence your documentation of guidance used with these procedures.

EXTENSIVE CHANGES TO CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT FOR FINE NEEDLE ASPIRATION (FNA) BIOPSY IN 2019

Codes changed along with a reduction in reimbursement. CPT 10022 (RVU 1.88) Fine needle aspiration with imaging guidance was deleted in 2019 but it was replaced with new codes that specified the type of guidance (e.g., ultrasound, fluoro, CT, MR) used. Also, new add-on codes were added for when more than one distinct lesion was treated.
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