tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2012 Issue 4

CCI Update: New OPPS Edits Introduce Pairs for Fluoro with Tunneled Caths

CCI 18.1 changes went into effect April 1, with only 362 total additions and 6 deletions. All new code pairs are classified as non-mutually exclusive, meaning the services could be performed during the same patient encounter – but one code represents a procedure that's part of the other code. Read on for a few of the new edits you'll be interested in from an outpatient coding perspective. Catheter check: If you code for tunneled catheter implantation or revision, don't automatically report the fluoroscopic guidance the physician might use. CCI clarifies that 77003 (Fluoroscopic guidance and localization of needle or...

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