Radiology Views Blog
StreamlineMD and its team will be attending the 2019 RBMA Paradigm Conference April 14-17 in Colorado Springs. Below is a summary of StreamlineMD radiology coder Kristen Bickel Sliwinski's coding presentation on Saturday April 13, 2019.
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.
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.
Join StreamlineMD at the 2019 ACR/RBMA Practice Leaders Forum in Houston, TX Jan 11-13. Learn how we can help you streamline your Radiology & IR coding & billing processes to improve your overall financial performance.
Commensurate with the new year, it is considered best practice to review your practice's goals, policies and procedures and communicate them to your staff. Below is a short checklist of 10 key items that every practice should review annually to ensure their practice and billing performance for the new year kicks off on the right foot...
Important for Interventional Radiologists doing E/M Consults. CMS proposed moving away form the current documentation guidelines to a more time-based and complexity method.
New Category III code effective July 1, 2018...
HOW TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN CLINICAL DOCUMENTATION AND CODING DOCUMENTATION
When documenting your interventional radiology procedures, it is important to remember your audience extends far beyond the referring physician. On a regular basis, your report is scrutinized by a multitude of non clinical staff such as coders, auditors, billers, payers, and medical reviewers to name just a few...