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When a patient has multiple diagnoses, which should be listed first?

Happy New Year! 2018 brings new codes and guidelines for correct coding and billing. It is important to take time to review all documents with codes for correctness as many ICD/CPT/HCPCS codes were deleted or revised as well as new codes in all three code sets. The topic for this installment of Coding Corner relates […]

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Is it a consultation? Or is it a referral?

There is always some confusion on whether to report a consultation or a referral. Is the requesting provider wanting my opinion? Does he want me to take care of this patient? Before a provider can report the service, it is important to understand the difference. A consultation is distinguished from a referral (visit) because it […]

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Important CPT Code Changes for 2017 and How They Will Impact Documentation – Cardiovascular Surgery Code Changes

Multiple Changes in Cardiovascular Surgery Codes Angioplasty: New codes 37246 to 37249 + apply regardless of whether the procedure is open or percutaneous and now include radiological supervision and interpretation necessary to perform the angioplasty within the same vessel. Documentation should include the approach and in which vessel the angioplasty is being performed and any […]

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Important CPT Code Changes for 2017 and How They Will Impact Documentation – Radiology Code Changes

New AAA Screening and Mammography Options for Radiology New abdominal aortic aneurysm screening code has been added that will provide clarity for payers who do not accept HCPCS options is one of the radiology code changes. Mammography codes are changing and now include computer-aided detection when performed. Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) is copyright 2017 American […]

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