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

Laryngoscopy Code Changes Coding for larynx procedures will look a little different this year, with the term “fiber optic” removed from the laryngoscopy codes and the addition of new laryngoplasty codes, including stenosis codes that differ based on age. Be sure the documentation indicates how old the patient is. Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) is copyright […]

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

Hemodialysis There are two new pages of green explanatory information under the new heading: Dialysis Circuit with several definitions: Dialysis circuit: The arteriovenous (AV) dialysis circuit is designed for easy and repetitive access to perform hemodialysis. It begins at the arterial anastomosis and extends to the right atrium. The circuit may be created using either […]

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