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ICD-10 Appendix E

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Z00.00 Z01.20 Z02.3 Z03.810 Z34.00 Z38.4 Z51.11 Z52.4 Z00.01 Z01.21 Z02.4 Z03.818 Z34.01 Z38.5 Z51.12 Z52.5 Z00.110 Z01.30 Z02.5 Z03.89 Z34.02 Z38.61 Z52.000 Z52.6 Z00.111 Z01.31 Z02.6 Z04.1 Z34.03 Z38.62 Z52.001 Z52.810 Z00.121 Z01.411 Z02.71 Z04.2 Z34.80 Z38.63 Z52.008 Z52.811 Z00.129 Z01.419 Z02.79 Z04.3 Z34.81 Z38.64 Z52.010 Z52.812 Z00.2 Z01.42 Z02.81 Z04.41 Z34.82 Z38.65 Z52.011 Z52.813 Z00.3 Z01.810 Z02.82 Z04.42 Z34.83 Z38.66 Z52.018 Z52.819 Z00.5 Z01.811 Z02.83 Z04.6 Z34.90 Z38.68 Z52.090 Z52.89 Z00.70 Z01.812 Z02.89 Z04.71 Z34.91 Z38.69 Z52.091 Z76.1 Z00.71 Z01.818 Z02.9 Z04.72 Z34.92 Z38.7 Z52.098 Z76.2 Z00.8 Z01.82 Z03.6 Z04.8 Z34.93 Z38.8 Z52.10 Z99.12 Z01.00 Z01.83 Z03.71 Z04.9 Z38.00 Z39.0 Z52.11 Z01.01 Z01.84 Z03.72 Z31.81 Z38.01 Z39.1 Z52.19 Z01.10 Z01.89 Z03.73 Z31.82 Z38.1 Z39.2 Z52.20 Z01.110 Z02.0 Z03.74 Z31.83 Z38.2 Z42.1 Z52.21 Z01.118 Z02.1 Z03.75 Z31.84 Z38.30 Z42.8 Z52.29 Z01.12 Z02.2 Z03.79 Z33.2 Z38.31 Z51.0 Z52.3 ...

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Hypertension & ICD-10

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Hypertensive Diseases and ICD-10. Helps and examples for these codes.

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2020 Official ICD-10-CM Coding Guideline Changes Are Here!

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It’s that time of year for offices to get ready for the ICD-10-CM code revisions. As part of that process, it’s also good to know what is going on with the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. In the examples listed below, strikeout text is deleted and highlighted text ...

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Do ICD-10 Updates Have Your Heart Beating Irregularly? Check Out the New Atrial Fibrillation Codes

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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia). It is caused by a disorder in the heart’s electrical system. AF is the result of abnormal contractions of the atria (upper two chambers of the heart) causing them to quiver and beat out of sync with ...

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The New ICD-10-CM Code Updates Are Here — Are You Ready?

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Chapter 1: Certain Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (A00-B99) A small revision in the description changed[STEC] to (STEC) for B96.21, B96.22, B96.23. Remember, in the instructional guidelines, ( ) parentheses enclose supplementary words not included in the description (or not) and [ ] brackets enclose synonyms, alternative wording, or explanatory phrases. Chapter 2: ...

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Vaccine Administration - When The Right Vaccine Code is Not Enough

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Understanding how to apply immunization administration codes properly will support correct reimbursement for vaccinations. Reporting the right vaccine code alone is not enough to guarantee proper billing. The majority of the time, providers can charge for the vaccine/product as well as the administration of the vaccine; always consult your payer ...

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Chiropractic 2020 Codes Changes Are Here

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There are some interesting coding changes which chiropractic offices will want to know about. Are codes that you are billing changing?

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Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS)

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There are three main code sets and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), is the third most common code set used. They are often called Level II codes and are used to report non-physician products supplies and procedures not found in CPT, such as ambulance services, DME, drugs, orthotics, supplies, ...

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Q/A: Do I Use 7th Character A for all Sprain/Strain Care Until MMI?

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Question:  It is in regards to the Initial and Subsequent 7th digit (A and D) for sprains and strains. Recently, I have been told that I should continue with the A digit until the patient has reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) and then switch over to the D place holder. Is ...

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The Importance of Medical Necessity

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ICD-10-CM codes represent the first line of defense when it comes to medical necessity. Correctly chosen diagnosis codes support the reason for the visit as well as the level of the E/M services provided. The issue of medical necessity is one of definitions and communication. What is obvious to the ...

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How to Properly Report Monitoring Patients Taking Blood-thinning Medications

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Codes 93792 and 93792, which were added effective January 1, 2019, have specific guidelines that need to be followed. This article provides some guidance and tips on properly reporting these services.

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Auditing Hospitalist Services

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Auditing Hospitalist Services The inpatient side of coding and auditing can be enormously complex, with many more moving parts than are typically found in the outpatient setting. In this audit tip, we will discuss a few of the challenges that come with auditing one of the most important players in the ...

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What to Look for When Auditing Smoking Cessation Services

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What to Look for When Auditing Smoking Cessation Services

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What is Medical Necessity and How Does Documentation Support It?

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We recently fielded the question, “What is medical necessity and how do I know if it's been met?" The AMA defines medical necessity as: It is important to understand that while the AMA provides general guidance on what they consider medically necessary services, these particular coding guidelines are generic and may be ...

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Auditing Chiropractic Services

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Chiropractic is unique from other types of health care and auditors need to be aware of the nuances of this field. Chiropractic has become the focus of more and more audits as doctors seem to struggle to create records that properly support the care provided to the patient throughout the entire episode.

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Q/A: What’s Wrong with the Diagnoses on my Claim?

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Question: I got a denial on my claim and it said the problem was with the diagnoses codes that I used. I used M54.15 and M79.2. I don’t understand why this is a problem.

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Q/A: How Many Diagnosis Codes do I use?

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Question: My patient has a lot of chronic conditions. Do I need to include all these on the claim? I know that I can have up to 12 diagnoses codes on a single claim. What if I need more than that? Answer: More is not always better. You only need to ...

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Spinal Cord Stimulator Used for Chronic Pain

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Chronic pain is a condition that can be diagnosed on its own or diagnosed as a part of another condition. When coding chronic pain, there is no time frame defining when pain becomes chronic pain; the provider’s documentation should be used to guide the use of these codes. ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Codes ...

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Corrections and Updates

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One constant in our industry is change. Policies change, contracts change, and there are updates. Also, people aren’t perfect and mistakes can be made. So this article will cover a variety of topics. Published Articles We appreciate feedback from our valued customers. We have received feedback regarding two of our articles which ...

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Pain Codes in ICD-10-CM

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When coding with ICD-10-CM, pain codes can be found in different sections: The Body System affected or site-specific pain codes, such as Low Back Pain M54.5, can be found in Chapter 13. Diseases of the Musculoskeletal system (M00-M99). Other examples might be ocular pain H57.1, found in Chapter 7. Diseases of ...

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How to Report Imaging (X-Rays) of the Thumb

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If you've ever taken piano lessons, you know that the thumb is considered the first finger of the hand. Anatomically, it is also referred to as the first phalanx (finger). However, when you are coding an x-ray of the thumb, images are captured of the thumb, hand, wrist, and all ...

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Billing Guidelines for Repositioning

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Code 95992 has some very limited payer payment guidelines which need to be understood for proper reimbursement. Many payer policies consider this service bundled with Evaluation and Management Services, therefore, it would not be separately payable if there was an E/M service performed on the same date. Some providers have reported having trouble ...

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Coding Medicare Initial Preventive Physical Exams (IPPE)

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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) get to know their healthcare provider at a time when they ...

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Truncated ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting

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Adherence to ICD-10-CM official guideline's are required under HIPAA and adopted for all healthcare settings. We have made it easy to access guidelines and made them available on the code information page, either on the page you are viewing or view more information by selecting the ICD-10-CM Chapter Section/Guidelines and ...

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2019 Coding Changes for Chiropractic

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The new year is upon us and so it’s time to double check and make sure we are ready. Those with Premium Membership can use the ChiroCode Online Library and search all the official code sets: ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS. It also includes the updated NCCI edits and RVUs for ...

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The Diabetic Patient and Medical Manifestations

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Present on Admission POA Indicator

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This article will focus on the Present on Admission (POA) indicator which is used as a method of reporting whether a patient’s diagnoses are present at the time they are admitted to a facility. We’ll look at a few scenarios to determine the correct reporting of POA and the impact...

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Diagnosis Coding for Cardiology

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Diseases of the Circulatory system are found in Chapter 9 and reported with I00 through I99 according to the following sections: Acute rheumatic fever (I00-I02)Chronic rheumatic heart diseases (I05-I09)Hypertensive diseases (I10-I16)Ischemic heart diseases (I20-I25)Pulmonary heart disease and diseases of pulmonary circulation (I26-I28)Other forms of heart disease (I30-I52)Cerebrovascular diseases (I60-I69)Diseases of arteries, ...

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Coding Clinic Officially Defines Spondylolisthesis and Disc Disorder

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The Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS is a quarterly newsletter published by the American Hospital Association's Central Office (AHA). The information they publish is a joint effort of several organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the Centers for Medicare and ...

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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Treatment Coverage

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Pelvic floor dysfunction is often the underlying cause of conditions such as pelvic pain; urinary or bowel dysfunction; and/or sexual symptoms. Treatment generally begins with an evaluation and testing (e.g, EMG) followed by a variety of services (e.g., biofeedback, manipulation, pelvic floor electrical stimulation), depending on the findings. Coverage by payers ...

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Q/A: What Diagnosis Codes Should I Use for TMJ Headache Massage for Coverage?

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Question: We have been receiving several DDS referrals to our massage therapists who do intra-oral work. The only problem is that the referral from the DDS lists code R51 for headaches as the only DX code. Since most plans don't cover massage therapy for headaches alone, are there any codes that can distinguish the headaches as ...

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Tools and Resources for Life Care Planners

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Life Care Planners play a vital and underappreciated including understanding the progression of a disease and lifetime clinical treatment options, research, delete (I combined this into the paragraph above) compiled into one easy-to-use resource. a unified providing a single destination for procedure coding coding to find information on...

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The Potential Impacts of a Flat Rate EM Reimbursement on our Industry

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The proposed E&M changes by CMS would decrease provider administrative work burden by, per CMS, 51 hours a year; however, how will reducing documentation requirements truly affect the professionals of the healthcare industry? First, let’s discuss the 30,000-foot overview of the most impactful E&M changes—which is the change to the...

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2019 Code Changes are Just Around the Corner - Are You Ready?

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The leaves are beginning to change and it’s time once again for the annual code changes for 2019. ICD-10-CM codes are out and will be effective October 1, 2018. CPT code changes also just came out and will be effective January 1, 2019. The ChiroCode DeskBook and ICD-10-CM Coding for Chiropractic books have been ...

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QPro’s First Annual QPro Con

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 Date: October 9-10   Time: 9-3 MST   QPro Con is featuring a virtual event with keynote speakers and experts with years of hands-on experience in the healthcare industry. Stay ahead of the changes and keep informed of important information that affects the healthcare community.      Attendees receive 12 FREE CEUs with the purchase ...

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Why Is Medicare Denying My Claims for Mammography and Breast Biopsies?

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When Medicare updated their systems with the updates to mammography and breast biopsy policies some ICD-10-CM codes were inadvertently left out. The omitted new codes are N63.11-N63.14, N63.21-N63.24, N63.31, N63.32, N63.41, and N63.42, which will replace the truncated ICD-10 diagnosis N63. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will...

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Coding for Strains in ICD 10

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According to the National Institutes of Health, a review was carried out on 20 patients who had a pectoralis major muscle repair between 2003 and 2011, and the results were as follows....

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Preventive Medicine: General Procedures

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page General Procedures Procedure Codes 36415: Collection of venous blood by venipuncture 90471: Immunization administration (includes percutaneous, intradermal, subcutaneous, or intramuscular injections); 1 vaccine (single or combination vaccine/toxoid) 90472: Immunization administration (includes percutaneous, intradermal, subcutaneous, or intramuscular injections); each additional vaccine (single or combination vaccine/toxoid) (List ...

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Preventive Medicine: Screening for Anemia

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Screening for Anemia Procedure Codes 85004: Blood count; automated differential WBC count 85014: Blood count; hematocrit (Hct) 85013: Blood count; spun microhematocrit 85018: Blood count; hemoglobin (Hgb) 80055: Obstetric panel ICD-10-CM 85004, 85013-85014, 85018: Z00.121, Z00.129, Z00.110, Z00.111, Z13.0 80055, 85004, 85014, 85013: O00.0-O03.9, O08.0-O08.9, O09.00-O09.93, O10.011-O16.9, ...

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Preventive Medicine: Annual Wellness Visit

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Annual Wellness Visit Procedure Codes G0438: Annual wellness visit; includes a personalized prevention plan of service (pps), initial visit G0439: Annual wellness visit, includes a personalized prevention plan of service (pps), subsequent visit 99385: Initial comprehensive preventive medicine evaluation and management of an individual including ...

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Preventive Medicine: Bone Mass Measurements

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Bone Mass Measurements Procedure Codes G0130: Single energy x-ray absorptiometry (sexa) bone density study, one or more sites; appendicular skeleton (peripheral) (eg, radius, wrist, heel) 76977: Ultrasound bone density measurement and interpretation, peripheral site(s), any method 77078: Computed tomography, bone mineral density study, 1 or more ...

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Preventive Medicine: Breast Cancer Genetic Screening

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Breast Cancer Genetic Screening Procedure Codes 81211: BRCA1, BRCA2 (breast cancer 1 and 2) (eg, hereditary breast and ovarian cancer) gene analysis; full sequence analysis and common duplication/deletion variants in BRCA1 (ie, exon 13 del 3.835kb, exon 13 dup 6kb, exon 14-20 del 26kb, exon 22 ...

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Preventive Medicine: Cardiovascular Disease Screening Tests

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Cardiovascular Disease Screening Tests Procedure Codes 80061: Lipid panel. This panel must include the following: Cholesterol, serum, total Lipoprotein, direct measurement, high density cholesterol (HDL cholesterol) Triglycerides 82465: Cholesterol, serum, total 83718: Lipoprotein, direct measurement, high density cholesterol (HDL cholesterol) 84478: Triglycerides 83721: Lipoprotein, direct measurement; LDL cholesterol 83719: Lipoprotein, ...

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Preventive Medicine: Cervical Dysplasia Screening

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Cervical Dysplasia Screening Procedure Codes 88141: Cytopathology, cervical or vaginal (any reporting system), requiring interpretation by physician 88142: Cytopathology, cervical or vaginal (any reporting system), collected in preservative fluid, automated thin layer preparation; manual screening under physician supervision 88143: Cytopathology, cervical or vaginal (any reporting system), collected ...

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Preventive Medicine: Colorectal Cancer Screening

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Colorectal Cancer Screening Procedure Codes G0104: Colorectal cancer screening; flexible sigmoidoscopy G0105: Colorectal cancer screening; colonoscopy on individual at high risk G0106: Colorectal cancer screening; screening sigmoidoscopy, barium enema G0121: Colorectal cancer screening; colonoscopy on individual not meeting criteria for high risk G0122: Colorectal cancer screening; barium ...

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Preventive Medicine: Contraceptive Methods

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Contraceptive Methods Procedure Codes A4261: Cervical cap for contraceptive use A4266: Diaphragm for contraceptive use A4264: Permanent implantable contraceptive intratubal occlusion device(s) and delivery system J7300: Intrauterine copper contraceptive J7301: Levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine contraceptive system (skyla), 13.5 mg J7303: Contraceptive supply, hormone containing vaginal ring, each J7304: ...

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Preventive Medicine: Diabetes Screening

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Diabetes Screening Procedure Codes 82947: Glucose; quantitative, blood (except reagent strip) 82948: Glucose; blood, reagent strip 82950: Glucose; post glucose dose (includes glucose) 82951: Glucose; tolerance test (GTT), 3 specimens (includes glucose) 82952: Glucose; tolerance test, each additional beyond 3 specimens (List separately in addition to ...

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Preventive Medicine: Therapy for Fall Prevention

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Therapy for Fall Prevention Procedure Codes 97110: Therapeutic procedure, 1 or more areas, each 15 minutes; therapeutic exercises to develop strength and endurance, range of motion and flexibility 97112: Therapeutic procedure, 1 or more areas, each 15 minutes; neuromuscular reeducation of movement, balance, coordination, kinesthetic sense, posture, ...

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Preventive Medicine: Glaucoma Screening

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Glaucoma Screening Procedure Codes G0117: Glaucoma screening for high risk patients furnished by an optometrist or ophthalmologist G0118: Glaucoma screening for high risk patient furnished under the direct supervision of an optometrist or ophthalmologist ICD-10-CM G0117-G0118: Z13.5 Frequency G0117-G0118: Once a year Additional information G0117-G0118 Coverage as is indicated with ...

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Preventive Medicine: Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Vaccine and Administration

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Vaccine and Administration Procedure Codes G0010: Administration of hepatitis b vaccine 90739: Hepatitis B vaccine (HepB), adult dosage, 2 dose schedule, for intramuscular use 90740: Hepatitis B vaccine (HepB), dialysis or immunosuppressed patient dosage, 3 dose schedule, for intramuscular use 90743: Hepatitis ...

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Preventive Medicine: Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Screening

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Screening Procedure Codes G0472: Hepatitis c antibody screening, for individual at high risk and other covered indication(s) 87522: Infectious agent detection by nucleic acid (DNA or RNA); hepatitis C, quantification, includes reverse transcription when performed 86804: Hepatitis C antibody; confirmatory test (eg, ...

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Preventive Medicine: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Screening

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Screening Procedure Codes G0432: Infectious agent antibody detection by enzyme immunoassay (eia) technique, hiv-1 and/or hiv-2, screening G0433: Infectious agent antibody detection by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (elisa) technique, hiv-1 and/or hiv-2, screening G0435: Infectious agent antibody detection by rapid antibody test, hiv-1 ...

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Preventive Medicine: Human Papilomavirus (HPV) Vaccine and Screening

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Human Papilomavirus (HPV) Vaccine and Screening Procedure Codes 87623: Infectious agent detection by nucleic acid (DNA or RNA); Human Papillomavirus (HPV), low-risk types (eg, 6, 11, 42, 43, 44) 87624: Infectious agent detection by nucleic acid (DNA or RNA); Human Papillomavirus (HPV), high-risk types (eg, 16, 18, ...

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Preventive Medicine: Influenza Virus Vaccine and Administration

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Influenza Virus Vaccine and Administration Procedure Codes Q2034: Influenza virus vaccine, split virus, for intramuscular use (agriflu) Q2035: Influenza virus vaccine, split virus, when administered to individuals 3 years of age and older, for intramuscular use (afluria) Q2036: Influenza virus vaccine, split virus, when administered to individuals ...

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Preventive Medicine: Medical Nutrition Therapy and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)/Obesity Prevention

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Medical Nutrition Therapy and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)/Obesity Prevention Procedure Codes G0270: Medical nutrition therapy; reassessment and subsequent intervention(s) following second referral in same year for change in diagnosis, medical condition or treatment regimen (including additional hours needed for renal disease), individual, face to face with the patient, ...

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Preventive Medicine: Lung Cancer Screening

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Lung Cancer Screening Procedure Codes G0296: Counseling visit to discuss need for lung cancer screening (ldct) using low dose ct scan (service is for eligibility determination and shared decision making) G0297: Low dose ct scan (ldct) for lung cancer screening S8092: Electron beam computed tomography (also ...

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Preventive Medicine: Newborn Screenings/Tests

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Newborn Screenings/Tests Procedure Codes 82775: Galactose-1-phosphate uridyl transferase; quantitative 83498: Hydroxyprogesterone, 17-d 82017: Acylcarnitines; quantitative, each specimen 82136: Amino acids, 2 to 5 amino acids, quantitative, each specimen 82261: Biotinidase, each specimen 83020: Hemoglobin fractionation and quantitation; electrophoresis (eg, A2, S, C, and/or F) 83021: Hemoglobin ...

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Preventive Medicine: Pneumococcal Vaccine and Administration

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Pneumococcal Vaccine and Administration Procedure Codes G0009: Administration of pneumococcal vaccine 90670: Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, 13 valent (PCV13), for intramuscular use 90732: Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine, 23-valent (PPSV23), adult or immunosuppressed patient dosage, when administered to individuals 2 years or older, for subcutaneous or intramuscular use ICD-10-CM G0009, ...

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Preventive Medicine: Prostate Cancer Screening

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Prostate Cancer Screening Procedure Codes G0102: Prostate cancer screening; digital rectal examination G0103: Prostate cancer screening; prostate specific antigen test (PSA) ICD-10-CM G0102-G0103: Z12.5 Frequency G0102-G0103: Once annually Additional Information G0102-G0103 Only for males aged 50 and older G0102 Copayment and deductible may apply, consult your payer Find-A-Code™ - Preventive Services - ...

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Preventive Medicine: Screening Mammography

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Screening Mammography Procedure Codes 77052: Computer-aided detection (computer algorithm analysis of digital image data for lesion detection) with further physician review for interpretation, with or without digitization of film radiographic images; screening mammography (list separately in addition to code for primary procedure) 77057: Screening mammography, bilateral ...

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Preventive Medicine: Screening Pap Tests

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Screening Pap Tests Procedure Codes G0123: Screening cytopathology, cervical or vaginal (any reporting system), collected in preservative fluid, automated thin layer preparation, screening by cytotechnologist under physician supervision G0124: Screening cytopathology, cervical or vaginal (any reporting system), collected in preservative fluid, automated thin layer preparation, requiring interpretation ...

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Preventive Medicine: Screening Gynecological Examination

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Screening Gynecological Examination Procedure Codes G0101: Cervical or vaginal cancer screening; pelvic and clinical breast examination S0610: Annual gynecological examination; clinical breast examination without pelvic evaluation S0612: Annual gynecological examination, established patient S0613: Annual gynecological examination, new patient ICD-10-CM G0101:Low risk patients - Z01.411, Z01.419, Z12.4, Z12.72, ...

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Preventive Medicine: Ultrasound Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Ultrasound Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Procedure Codes 76706: Ultrasound, abdominal aorta, real time with image documentation, screening study for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) 76770: Ultrasound, retroperitoneal (eg, renal, aorta, nodes), real time with image documentation; complete 76775: Ultrasound, retroperitoneal (eg, renal, aorta, nodes), real ...

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Preventive Medicine: Screening Children for Visual Acuity

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Screening Children for Visual Acuity Procedure Codes 99173: Screening test of visual acuity, quantitative, bilateral ICD-10-CM 99173: Z00.121, Z00.129, Z00.100, Z00.101 Frequency 99173: No specific frequency guidelines Additional Information 99173 Not covered by Medicare for preventative care Some policies will only cover as preventive for children, consult your payer Find-A-Code™ - Preventive ...

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Preventive Medicine: Dental Caries in Children

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Dental Caries in Children Procedure Codes 99188: Application of topical fluoride varnish by a physician or other qualified health care professional ICD-10-CM 99188: No specific diagnoses Frequency 99188: No specific frequency guidelines Additional Information 99188 Covered for children from birth until their seventh birthday Find-A-Code™ - Preventive Services - The information ...

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Q/A: What Code do I Use for Supraspinatus and Infraspinatus Tendonitis?

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Is there a better code for supraspinatus and infraspinatus tendonitis than the one for a rotator cuff tear?

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Q/A: I am Having Trouble with a Claim Rejection on my PI Claim. What do I do?

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Question: I have a patient that was involved in a PI case. His lawyers are asking that we bill his insurance company first. This particular patient has xxxx insurance and the clearing house is rejecting the claim based on "ERROR 3430-Invalid principal diagnosis code." We lead with diagnosis code V43.52XA, could we change the position of the V43.52XA code? Or should we submit a paper claim for the case instead?

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Maximizing Resources for ICD-10 Coding Audits

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From internal reviews to external inpatient coding audits, healthcare organizations nationwide are revisiting tried-and-true audit practices with ICD-10 coding quality in mind....

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CPT Code for DOT exams

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Question: I have a provider that provides Department of Transportation (DOT) exams. I have found ICD-10 code Z02.4 (encounter for examination for drivers license) but I am unsure which CPT Code to use. Would I still use 99203 or 99204?

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Why Is Medicare Denying My Claims for Mammography and Breast Biopsies?

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When Medicare updated their systems with the updates to mammography and breast biopsy policies some ICD-10-CM codes were inadvertently left out...

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Z Codes That May Only be Principal/First-Listed Diagnosis

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Z Codes That May Only be Principal/First-Listed Diagnosis According to 2018 Guidelines section: 1;C.21.c.16, the following Z codes/categories may only be reported as the principal/first-listed diagnosis, except when there are multiple encounters on the same day and the medical records for the encounters are combined: Z00         Encounter for general examination without ...

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Pre-Existing or Gestational?

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It is important to make a clear distinction between pre-existing conditions and conditions brought on by the pregnancy (gestational) or pregnancy related conditions. Condition Detail: Was the condition pre-existing (i.e., present before pregnancy)? Trimester: When did the pregnancy-related condition develop? Casual Relationship: Establish the relationship between the pregnancy and the complication (e.g., preeclampsia) Code examples: O99.011 Anemia ...

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Patients Undergoing a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT)

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Accoring to Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation L34699, when using J2820 for patients undergoing a bone marrow transplant (BMT), 2 diagnosis codes are required:1) Z76.82 Awaiting organ transplant status2) Pick a code from one of these categories: C81- Hodgkin Lymphoma C82- Follicular Lymphoma Non-follicular Lymphoma C83.1- Mantle cell lymphoma C83.3- Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma C83.7- Burkitt lymphoma C83.8- Other (Intravascular large B-cell lymphoma, Primary effusion B-cell lymphoma, or Lymphoid granulomatosis) Mature T/NK-cell lymphomas C84.4- Peripheral T-cell ...

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Diagnosis Codes Used With : Vertebroplasty, Vertebral Augmentation and Computed Tomography

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Per CGS Administrators LCD L34048 the following codes are the ICD-10-CM Cdes that support Medical Necessity: (Be sure to verify with your local payer) Stand Alone ICD-10 codes M80.08XA M80.88XA M80.88XG Primary Diagnosis Codes M48.51XA M48.52XA M48.53XA M48.54XA M48.55XA M48.56XA M48.57XA M48.58XA M84.68XA Secondary Diagnosis Codes One of the following diagnosis codes must be reported with one of the codes above in group 2.Combination coding of the primary diagnosis(group 2) of pathologic fracture ...

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How to Code Screening and Diagnostic Colonoscopy

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The following information is from BC Advantage. Colonoscopy is a common procedure performed byGastroenterologists. CPT defines a colonoscopy examination as "the examination of the entire colon, from the rectum to the cecum or colon-small intestine anastomosis, and may include examination of the terminal ileum or small intestine proximal to an anastomosis" ...

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Q and A: Coding Mixed Cardiogenic and Septic Shock

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Q: If the attending documented, "likely mixed cardiogenic and septic shock," can I assign codes R57.0 and R65.21? A: Refer to the documentation within the code book. If you open the book to the R57 code grouping (Shock not elsewhere classified) listed below there is an Excludes1 note. Remember,...

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Important CDI and Coding Updates

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COPD and Pneumonia The requirement for code J44.0 (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with acute lower respiratory infection) to be coded first when a patient has pneumonia and COPD has been eliminated as of October 1. The 2018 version of ICD-10-CM replaced the "use additional code" with "code also." According...

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Traumatic Subluxation Coding Controversy

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There has been some controversy over the use of the ICD-10-CM subluxation codes commonly referred to as traumatic (S13.1-, S23.1-, and S33.1-). Are they appropriate for chiropractors to use? The answer to that question is complicated. The problem basically lies in the lack of official guidance and differing opinions on ...

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Influenza, Are You Billing Correctly?

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With this year's Flu season being the most widespread on record, providers are seeing more patients and giving more immunizations for influenza than normal. Here are a few things to keep in mind during this flu season.  Know the rules with your payers to ensure proper reimbursement and correct billing. For example, did you ...

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Coding for Pain in ICD-10-CM

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The following codes are the most common Pain codes used in ICD-10 G89.0                      Central pain syndrome   Chronic Condition G89.11‑G89.18         G89.1 Acute pain, not elsewhere classified G89.21‑G89.29         G89.2 Chronic pain, not elsewhere classified G89.3                      Neoplasm related pain (acute) (chronic)   Chronic Condition G89.4                      Chronic pain syndrome There are more specific pain ...

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Aftercare Z Codes

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Aftercare visit codes cover situations when the initial treatment of a disease has been performed, and the patient requires continued care during the healing or recovery phase, or for the long-term consequences of the disease. The aftercare Z code should not be used if treatment is directed at a current, ...

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Observation Z Codes

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There are three observation Z code categories. They are for use in very limited circumstances when a person is being observed for a suspected condition that is ruled out. The observation codes are not for use if an injury or illness or any signs or symptoms related to the suspected ...

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Non-Coronary Vascular Stents: Mesenteric Vessels

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The following information is according to Novitas Solutions L35084. Mesenteric vessels: This includes Acute mesenteric ischemia Chronic mesenteric ischemia Mesenteric thrombosis Dissection or any other vascular insufficiency resulting in gastrointestinal symptoms Stenting of the mesenteric vessels is covered only when angioplasty of the vessels would not suffice and after the patient has had a thorough medical evaluation and management of symptoms, and for whom surgical intervention is the likely ...

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NEW on Find-A-Code...National Coverage Determinations (NCDs)

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Medicare limits its coverage of services to those considered to be reasonable and necessary for the diagnosis and treatment of an injury or illness based on coverage guidelines. National Coverage Determinations (NCDs) are created based on research, evidence-based processes, public participation, and other resources, and made available to the public. ...

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Non-Coronary Vascular Stents: Lower extremity arteries (abdominal aorta, iliac, superficial femoral and infropoliteal arteries)

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The following information is according to Novitas Solutions L35084. Lower extremity arteries (abdominal aorta, iliac, superficial femoral and infrapopliteal arteries): This includes: Lifestyle-limiting claudication Focal hemodynamically significant lesion Ischemic rest pain Non-healing tissue ulceration Focal gangrene Stent placement in infrapopliteal vessels is not expected to be often indicated and in those cases the rationale for stent placement must be explained in the record. CPT codes: 37221 37223 37226 37227 37230 37231 37234 37235 ICD-10-CM codes: Type 1 diabetes mellitus E10.51 - with diabetic peripheral angiopathy without gangrene E10.59 - with other circulatory ...

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Non-Coronary Vascular Stents: Renal artery

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The following information is according to Novitas Solutions L35084. Renal artery: Stenting may be indicated for renal artery stenosis causing renovascular hypertension (see below) or renal insufficiency as well as post-transplant renal artery stenosis, arterial aneurysm or dissection. Renal artery angioplasty with or without stenting is covered for renal artery stenosis manifested by at least one of the following conditions: Recurrent (“flash”) pulmonary edema without cardiac ...

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Non-Coronary Vascular Stents: Brachiocephalic arteries

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According to Novitas Solutions L35084 Brachiocephalic arteries (including subclavian, except carotid bifurcation): Stenting may be indicated for treatment of flow-limiting stenosis resulting in conditions such as: Subclavian steal syndrome Upper extremity claudication Ischemic rest pain of the arm and hand Non-healing tissue ulceration Focal gangrene. CPT codes: 37236 37237 ICD-10-CM codes: G45.8 - Other transient cerebral ischemic attacks and related syndromes Unspecified atherosclerosis of native arteries of extremities I70.201 - right leg I70.202 - left leg I70.203 - ...

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Antiresorptive Osteonecrosis of the Jaws

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Osteonecrosis is a serious bone disease caused when the bone is starved of its normal blood supply. Because bone is living tissue, without a good supply of oxygenated blood, it becomes weakened and then dies. Scientists have not been able to identify the exact cause of osteonecrosis of the jaws, but they have ...

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Diagnosis billing with J0888

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The following information is from LCD L36276. The diagnosis codes listed below require the use of the EC modifier (ESA administered to treat anemia not due to anti-cancer radiotherapy or anti-cancer chemotherapy) when submitting claims for J0888. In addition, these diagnosis codes are marked with an * indicating they require a dual diagnosis. The ...

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Non-Coronary Vascular Stents: Inferior vena cava and iliofemoral veins

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The following information is according to Novitas Solutions, L35084. Inferior vena cava and iliofemoral veins: This includes vena cava and iliofemoral venous occlusions and stenosis due to the following Post-radiation venous stenosis Congenital stenoses or webs Extrinsic venous compression (May-Thurner syndrome) Thrombophlebitis and symptomatic post-traumatic venous stenosis. CPT codes: 37238 37239 ICD-10-CM codes: Phlebitis and thrombophlebitis I80.10 - of unspecified femoral vein I80.11 - of right femoral vein I80.12 - of left femoral vein I80.13 - of femoral vein, bilateral I80.211 - of right iliac vein I80.212 - of left iliac vein I80.213 - of iliac vein, bilateral I80.219 - of unspecified iliac vein I80.8 - of ...

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Billing Electrotherapy with AcuKnee

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This code is commonly used to bill for AcuKnee products.  Per AcuKnee, “NMES and electrotherapy may be covered by most insurance providers, provided the following criteria are met;” Documentation of chronic pain or muscle atrophy 3 months or longer Must document improvement Must have physician document medical necessity/Prescription Appropriate authorization from your insurance provider Suggested codes when billing  64550 initial electrotherapy education and placement E0720 Electrotherapy unit itself E0731 Garment ...

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Preventive Medicine with a New Patient

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When coding for preventive care, be sure to use the correct encounter code with the procedure as well as the appropriate modifier if required. New Patient:  A patient that has not received any professional services i.e., E&M  or any other face to face service from the physician or group within the ...

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Diagnosis Coding with Diagnostic Testing

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Adequate documentation is an essential part of selecting a correct code in any setting. When providers order a test, the information that they document regarding the test results determines the primary and secondary diagnosis codes a coder assigns. If a physician confirms a diagnosis based on the results of a diagnostic ...

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Abuse, Neglect, or Maltreatment

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According to the official ICD-10-CM Guidelines, in situations of maltreatment (e.g., adult and child abuse, neglect, etc.), the sequence of coding is important. Regardless of whether it is suspected or confirmed, it is important to document the type of abuse. Use the following sequence: An appropriate code from category T74- (confirmed) or T76- (suspected) Any accompanying mental ...

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Injury, Poisoning, and Certain Other Consequences of External Causes (S00-T88)

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There is important information that must be included when documenting injuries and external cause codes in ICD-10-CM. There are expanded sections on poisonings and toxins making it more convenient to code, as ICD-10-CM is very specific. When using a code from Chapter 19. Injury, Poisoning and Certain other Consequences of External ...

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August 29th, 2019 — ICD-10-CM Changes Effective October 1, 2019

Are you aware of the ICD-10-CM code changes set take effect as of October 1, 2020? Do any of them apply to your organization? Which of them will be assigned as an HCC? What are the documentation and coding guidelines applicable to them and which guidelines are changing or being ...

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Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment (CMT) Coding and Documentation (Part 1)

The most used codes in chiropractic are 98940, 98941, 98942, and 98943. In this webinar, Dr. Gwilliam will go over the fundamentals of these codes and make sure you are proficient with them. They probably play a bigger part of your practice than any other code, so it is worth it to make sure you are reporting them correctly. By the end of this presentation you will be able to diagnose, document, and code properly for CMT, as well as avoid common mistakes.

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The #1 most overlooked injury in PI, and it is found in over 90% of all cases

Presented by Tom Grant Jr. DC  December 11, 2018 Tuesday @ 10:15 AM PT, 11:15 AM MT, 12:15 PM CT, 1:15 PM ET *How to recognize this injury *The most effective documentation terms to use *The best combination of ICD-10 codes to validate it Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8562161323381676035 ...

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Documenting Diagnoses Like a Peer Reviewer (Part 2)

Chiropractors only use a fraction of the codes available in the ICD-10 code set. But each group of diagnoses have things to teach us based on coding guidelines, objective findings, standards of care, and more. In this presentation Dr. Gwilliam will review the most commonly used diagnoses (by chiros) and make sure you know everything that should be documented in order for a peer reviewer to walk away satisfied.

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Documenting Treatment Plan and Goals That Actually WORK - November 20th, 2018

Dr. Friedman will discuss the need to document Treatment Plan and Goals and what we MUST document and what we SHOULD document. He'll also demonstrate how we can do this in the least amount of time and with the least amount of effort.

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Anatomy of the Ankle and Common Injuries

Join Brandon Leavitt as we master the anatomy of the foot and ankle and common diseases and injuries which are found with this joint. We will also cover how these terms are described in ICD-10-CM.

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Documenting Diagnoses Like Peer Reviewer (Part 1)

When an outsider looks at your records, you want them to easily find exactly what they are looking for. Let ICD-10 codes guide you as you choose the words to use in the Diagnostic Statement in your initial encounter. Don't assume a reviewer can interpret your clinical findings. Spell it out for them. Dr. Gwilliam, ICD-10 guru and all around good guy, will show you how to do that is this webinar.

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Anatomy and Diagnosis of the Heart

Join Brandon Leavitt in this webinar all about the heart. He'll review the anatomy of the heart (including functionality) and the guidelines specific to ICD-10-CM code selection for specific diseases, injuries, or other conditions.

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Joints: Rotator Cuff, Elbow, Wrist, and Hand

In this webinar, Brandon will review the bones and major joints of the upper extremities (arm, forearm, wrist, hand, and digits), as well as their supporting structures and how they are affected by injury, disease, and other conditions.

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Anatomy and Diagnostic Coding for Wound Care

In this webinar, Brandon Leavitt will review the anatomy of wounds from injury, disease, and other conditions and the proper ICD-10-CM coding for them. A review of pressure and non-pressure, and venous stasis ulcers, burns, corrosions, neoplasms, and other diseases affecting the integument will be presented.

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Radiology Coding Auditing Dexa Scans for Osteoporosis & Mammograms for the Breast

Learn important coding tips when billing Dexa scans (for osteoporosis) and mammograms (for breast diseases). Coders and clinicians specializing in Radiology, Family Practice, Orthopedics, and OB-GYN will all find useful information for their practice. This is a follow-up from the webinar "Diagnosis of osteoporosis and diseases of the breast".

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ICD-10 Guidelines for the Chiropractor

Time for a little refresher. You might think you know ICD-10 now that it has been around for a while. The guidelines teach which codes go first, how certain key words are defined, and ensure that you submit the right information on your claim forms. This webinar will be taught by Dr. Evan Gwilliam who helped write ChiroCode's ICD-10 book and is a certified ICD-10 instructor.

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Diagnosis of Osteoporosis and Diseases of the Breast

Osteoporosis diagnosis and breast diseases will be covered in this webinar, benefiting coders and clinicians specializing in Radiology, Family Practice, Orthopedics, and OB-GYN. This will prepare participators for the following Find-A-Code webinar on radiology coding, which will explain coding/billing for Dexa scans to detect osteoporosis, and mammogram screening for breast evaluation.

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Using Find-A-Codes Anatomy Images

Diagnosis coding is difficult when clinician documentation does not match up with the definitions found in the ICD-10-CM code set. Find-A-Code's anatomy images educate both coders and students - bridging the gap between coders and clinicians while simplifying code selection.

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How to Add Acupuncture to a Chiropractic Office

In this webinar, Dr. Marty Kotlar (certified coding and compliance expert) will discuss how to add Acupuncture services to a Chiropractic office. Topics include how to find and employ acupuncturists, CPT/ICD-10 coding, 15 minute increments vs the 8 minute rule, how to bill for office visits on same day as acupuncture and how to create an acupuncture billing and coding policy manual.

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Surgical Coding and Auditing

Ever wonder what an auditor is looking for when they review your surgical coding? Join Aimee and review the basic rules and documentation requirements. We’ll tear apart a couple of operative reports, code them, review NCCI edits, modifiers, and more. Get an idea of how you are doing and things you may want to incorporate into your practice to be better prepared when an audit comes your way. Also, we’ll review our cool Code-A-Note tool and how it can help you locate CPT and ICD-10-CM codes quickly. This tool is great for new coders, coders new to a specialty, difficult coding situations, or anyone who just wants a second opinion on their code options.

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