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...
Congratulations to StreamlineMD Coder Kristen Sliwinski, CCA RCC, for being invited by the RBMA to be the coding speaker at the national RBMA Paradigm Conference at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO in April 2019. Kristen is doing a great job on the national RBMA Coding Committee and her expertise has clearly been noticed. Super job Kristen - we are very proud of you!
In October 2017, we began our review of Measuring Practice Billing Performance, and explained that there is no “silver bullet”, or single measure, that assesses overall performance, but rather a series of key measures to understand and monitor monthly. These measures include, but are not limited to: Accounts Receivable (A/R) balance, A/R Days Outstanding, Net Collection Percentage, and % of A/R greater than 120 days old. In this issue, we will review the calculation and meaning of Net Collection Percentage.
Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t be a Turkey – Understand your A/R Days for better Radiology practice performance...
BOO! Determining the overall performance of your radiology practice billing operations is a scary task. Unfortunately, there is no “silver bullet” to slay (answer) this “Werewolf” of a question.