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2019 February Items

Understanding NCCI Edits

February 28, 2019 - By Aimee Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CMHP, CST, MA, MT
Medicare creates and maintains the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits and policy manual, which identify code pairs considered integral to one another or bundled. An NCCI code pairs consists of two codes representing procedures that when performed during the same operative sess... Read More

Coding Medicare Initial Preventive Physical Exams (IPPE)

February 13, 2019 - By Aimee Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CMHP, CST, MA, MT
The Medicare Initial Preventive Physical Exam (IPPE), also commonly referred to as the “Welcome to Medicare Physical”, may seem daunting to many, but when broken out to identify the requirements is fairly straightforward. Purpose An IPPE helps the Medicare beneficiary (the patient... Read More

Properly Coding Trigger Point Injections (20552 and 20553)

February 12, 2019
Have you ever had a knot in your back where the muscles simply cannot relax? Those knots are referred to as trigger points and they can be very painful. As a matter of fact, a trigger point (TP) in one area can cause surrounding muscles to tighten or spasm, increasing pain and discomfort for th... Read More

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