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Jan 20, 2017 2:22:00 AM

Special Edition Newsletter: Moderate Sedation

Professional Billing of Moderate Sedation by the Physician Performing the Procedure When in a Facility Site of Service

In the physician RVU file there is a column labeled “PCTC IND” which designates when a code is technical-only or professional-only. The add-on code for each additional 15 minutes of moderate sedation by the physician performing the procedure (99153) is indicated as technical-only (3) in this field. In addition, there is an NA in the RVU file column titled “FACILITY NA INDICATOR”. The NA indicates “that this procedure is rarely or never performed in the facility setting”. Since code 99153 is technical only, a physician cannot report this code when performed in the facility setting.  

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December 2016 Q & A

Question: Fractional Flow Reserve without Catheterization

Physician performs LHC at another facility and then transfers the patient to the cath lab at the hospital to perform fractional flow reserve (93571). The physician thinks that 93571-26-XE will get us paid by Medicare and for commercial insurance to bill coronary angiography only with 93571 to get paid.
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Job Posting

Dec 29, 2016 2:04:00 AM

ADVOCATE, a growing Fortune 5000 healthcare medical billing company, is looking for a part-time Interventional Radiology Medical Coder.

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November 2016 Q & A

Question: Cutting Angioplasty with Perforation

Under fluoroscopic guidance, the upper arm dialysis access fistula was catheterized and fistulogram was obtained. There was a greater than 50% stenosis within the mid cephalic vein that was dilated with an 8 mm angioplasty balloon and high pressure angioplasty balloon with no effect. The lesion was then dilated with a cutting balloon. Following angioplasty with a cutting balloon there was a leak identified from the cephalic vein. Multiple attempts at balloon tamponade were performed, and these were unsuccessful at controlling the leak. An 8 mm x 6 cm fluency stent graft was then placed across the leak and dilated to 8 mm. Follow-up fistulogram was obtained and showed free flow of contrast through the stent. Cephalic arch and central veins are patent. The arterial anastomosis is widely patent. There is a small pseudoaneurysm in the cephalic vein near the arterial anastomosis.
I am assigning codes 36147 and 37238. Should something be stated about the perforation? If so, how should this be coded?

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October 2016 Q & A

Question: Femoral Stent to Stop Bleeding

A patient had a TAVR procedure and had continued bleeding of the femoral artery, so a femoral artery stent was deployed. What code do I use for this service? I see that the CPT book states, "Codes 37220-37235 are to be used to describe lower extremity endovascular revascularization services performed for occlusive disease," so I know that these codes do not apply since the stent was deployed for hemostasis. Is this a billable service?

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September 2016 Q & A

Question: Brachial Cutdown Not Involving AAA Repair

I have used 34834 for a brachial artery cutdown for AAA repair. Can you please advise on CPT Code for cutdown of brachial artery for repair of SFA aneurysm with a Viabahn Stent?

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ZHealth Coding Newsletter - August 2016

Aug 30, 2016 2:20:00 PM

August 2016 Q & A

Question: Embolization - 37241 for lymphatic malformation treatment

How do I code the following?
PROCEDURE: The left axillary lymphatic malformation was examined with ultrasound and a suitable access site for needle placement was identified and the skin marked. The left axilla was prepared and draped in the usual sterile fashion. Using ultrasound guidance the first site (site #1) in the deep aspect of the axillary region was accessed with a trocar 6.3 French Dawson-Mueller pigtail drain. Next, using ultrasound guidance, the second, more superficial site (segment #2) was accessed with a trocar 6.3 French Dawson-Mueller pigtail drain. Finally, a superficial collection (site #3) was accessed with a 21-gauge micropuncture needle through which direct injection of 2 mL of doxycycline was performed. The predominant injection solution composed of a 4:1 dilution of doxycycline (10 mg/mL): Omnipaque 300 was injected under ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance, according to the following outline: A total of 160 mg doxycycline in 16 mL saline was injected.

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ZHealth Coding Newsletter - July 2016

Jul 29, 2016 2:20:00 PM

July 2016 Q & A

Question: Does a CTO 92943 have to be staged?

Since a CTO is a CHRONIC total occlusion, does it need to be staged? They would know about it ahead of time, since it is chronic. But what if the doctor finds a CTO upon first diagnostic angiography, and is able to treat it with some type of intervention at that same session? Would that be billed as a 92943 along with the cardiac cath code (w/59)? Or, because it is the first time it was found, is the PCI code just the 92928, 92920, 92924, 92933 etc instead of 92943? Do we need to find prior documentation showing CTO was known about prior to intervention?

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NCCI Changes On July 1, 2016

Jul 5, 2016 6:09:00 AM

National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Changes On July 1, 2016

We’ve just entered a new calendar quarter, so the NCCI edits are revised.

There are numerous changes, which we’ve posted for members under the 'Newsletters' section. Here are some examples:

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CPT® 2016: Neuro-interventional Coding

Part 3: Understand the changes affecting neuro-interventional procedures.

For 2016, the biggest CPT® coding changes affecting interventional radiology occur within the subspecialties of urinary, biliary, and
neurologic intervention. In March, we covered urinary intervention and in April we covered percutaneous biliary interventional coding. This month, we’ll finish our series by focusing on transcatheter neuro-interventions and describing three new codes for 2016.

Read the whole article.

Originally presented in "Healthcare Business Monthly".

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