The purpose of this article is to show you how the codes differ by the number of views, values, and the number of times a code can assigned for a single date of service. Understanding how they differ will allow you to optimize your Chest X-Ray documentation and coding.
Documentation Requirements for Coding and Reimbursement of CTA Prior To TAVR
The purpose of this article is to provide clarity between when a diagnostic study performed at the same time as an interventional procedure can and cannot be billed.
In today’s environment of declining reimbursement and increasing costs, it is critical for radiologists to relentlessly strive to optimize their reimbursement and overall practice performance. Radiologist documentation is the key to reimbursement, so it is important to choose your words carefully.
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...
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...
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!
New Category III code effective July 1, 2018...