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Tag: CPT

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Quality care updates 2024: New codes and expanded services

March 6, 2024 / By Sue Belley, RHIA, Nichole Soderquist, MBA, RHIA, CDIP, CCDS-O, CCS

As we embark on a new calendar year (CY), there are several new updates and guidelines we should examine that went into effect Jan. 1, 2024. Specifically, improvement efforts surrounding […]

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Investigate percutaneous transluminal coronary lithotripsy Category III CPT add-on code 0715T

Nov. 22, 2023

Lithotripsy was developed in the early 1980s with the intent of breaking apart kidney stones. The shock wave technology has now been extended and adapted to have the same effect […]

Pam BanningPam Banning

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The importance of communication: Laboratory terminology perspective

Sept. 25, 2023 / By Pam Banning

The laboratory team of the 3M clinical terminology group is in its 18th year of providing laboratory terminology consulting to the public. In the beginning, a client said the phone […]

Divya VermaDivya Verma

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Medical necessity edits: Example of a limitation

Aug. 21, 2023 / By Divya Verma, RHIA

A recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) report on Medicare’s utilization of one of the highest paid molecular pathology genetic tests caught my attention. You can read a summary of […]

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Internalize intravascular lithotripsy HCPCS Level II coding for lower extremities

Aug. 17, 2023

Shockwave intravascular lithotripsy (IVL) is a relatively new technology used to treat areas of severely calcified coronary arteries. The IVL device uses sonic pressure waves to fracture intimal and medial […]

Courtney CrozierCourtney Crozier

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Crack the modifier -25 code

June 26, 2023 / By Courtney Crozier, RHIA, CCS

The American Medical Association (AMA) published additional guidance for modifier -25 (significant, separately identifiable evaluation and management (E/M) service by the same physician or other qualified health care professional on […]

Juggy JagannathanJuggy Jagannathan

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AI talk: Foundation models, AMA and CPT, CES in the rearview

Jan. 27, 2023 / By V. “Juggy” Jagannathan, PhD

This week we cover a potpourri of different topics all related to application of artificial intelligence (AI) in health care: the trajectory of foundation models, what the American Medical Association […]

Courtney CrozierCourtney Crozier

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More E/M changes on the horizon?

June 29, 2022 / By Courtney Crozier, RHIA, CCS

It feels like only yesterday that the health care industry was preparing for the new Evaluation and Management (E/M) 2021 guidelines, which brought about significant change. Just when we’re all […]

Pam BanningPam Banning

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Lessons learned from maintaining COVID-19 value sets

Jan. 10, 2022 / By Pam Banning

Our clinical terminology team’s background in nursing, pharmacy, radiology, laboratory and other clinical areas gives us insight into how health care systems are burdened with the sheer volume of data […]

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Focus on E/M services: Time

Dec. 11, 2020 / By Allison Morgan, MS, CPC

In our ongoing Evaluation and Management Services blog series, we have delved into several sweeping changes coming to Office or Other Outpatient E/M Services in 2021. Let’s shift our attention […]

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The value of encounters: It’s about time

July 6, 2020 / By Allison Morgan, MS, CPC

Time flies… 2021 is approaching quickly, bringing with it anticipated E/M changes. A primary focus of the upcoming changes is the element of time and its evolving role in CPT […]

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The basics of COVID-19 testing and associated codes

April 27, 2020 / By Bobbie Starkey, Colleen Ejak, RHIA

Testing for COVID-19 continues to be a major concern in the fight to bring the virus under control. Today we are going to talk about the CPT and HCPCS codes […]