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Category Archives: Medical Coding News

Radiology CPT Code Changes Proposed for 2018

Radiology practices and medical coding companies need to be ready to implement several radiology code changes and guidelines coming up in 2018. Announcing these anticipated changes, the American College of Radiology (ACR) notes that many of the new codes are outcome of bundling mandates from the AMA’s Relativity Assessment Workgroup (RAW) aimed at identifying services […]

Key Points to Note about Hypertension Coding in 2017

An article published in the American Journal of Hypertension earlier this year found a rising trend in hospitalization for hypertensive emergency with reduction in hospital mortality during the last decade. Patients with acute cardiorespiratory failure, chest pain, stroke, acute chest pain, or aortic dissection were at the most risk of higher hospital mortality among other […]

Coding Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Guided Procedures

Safe and noninvasive, ultrasound is being increasingly used in various medical specialties. Ultrasound is considered the appropriate imaging service to diagnose musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, specifically shoulder pain and certain ankle and tendon pain. Medicare reimbursements for MSK ultrasound studies increased by 316% from 2000-2009. Experienced medical billing and coding companies help providers take advantage of […]

Coding and Reporting Pediatric Preventive Care Services

Changes in Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and new rules governing employer-sponsored and marketplace insurance plans have improved access to necessary health care for children and young adults over the years. Preventative care protects children against different types of diseases and infections, and allows physicians to monitor and evaluate their physical and mental […]

Implications of Recent Changes in Bunionectomy Coding

In 2017, podiatry practices and their medical billing and coding companies saw several changes and updates in bunionectomy coding. In addition to new bunion and bunionette ICD-10-CM codes, major changes have been made to some bunion surgery CPT codes to update them depending on current methods of the repairs. Prelude to the 2017 ICD-10 Bunion […]

Modifier 25 – Understand the Facts to Avoid Misuse

CPT modifiers provide additional information for claims processing. However, the proper use of modifiers is a major concern for hospitals and physician practices, which is why medical coding companies pay special attention to this while reporting claims. CPT code modifier 25 is one of the 83 target codes that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid […]