tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2012 Issue 8

Pinpoint Correct Epidural Coding Following Instruction and Payment Changes

Be clear on difference between fluoroscopy and contrast. Code descriptors aren't the only things that might change each year to affect your reporting. Instructions for submitting codes might also change, which happened with epidural injections in 2012. Watch those instruction changes - and updates to payment rates - to ensure your ASC gets the appropriate reimbursement every time. Dig Into the Codes The descriptors for epidural codes 62310-62319 underwent slight revisions in CPT® 2012. The updated descriptors are as follows: 62310 - Injection(s), of diagnostic or therapeutic substance(s) (including anesthetic, antispasmodic, opioid, steroid, other solution), not including neurolytic substances, including...

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