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ZHealth Coding Newsletter - May 2017

May 28, 2017 2:22:00 AM

May 2017 Q & A

Question: 96374 with an Ablation

We had a case where Ibutilide was administered during an atrial flutter ablation procedure (93653). The Medicare claims processing manual, chapter 4, section 230.2 discusses this and says, "Hospitals should report all HCPCS codes that describe the drug administration services provided, regardless of whether or not those services are separately paid or their payment is packaged." 93653 had a "J1". 96374 has an SI of "S".

In your opinion, Ibutilide is inherent or not inherent to an ablation procedure, in which it's not always used as part of the procedure, to lets say contrast to an diagnostic angiography, is it then ok to bill 96374 for an IV push, and 96365 for an infusion, if they are given Ibutilide as part of an ablation for a flutter or A-Fib?

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January 2016 Q & A

Question: 50435 and 50693

I have a doctor that did a left nephrostogram, ureteral stent insertion and a nephrostomy tube exchange at the same setting. With the new 2016 codes, there is no scenario with a pre existing nephrostomy tract tube exchange and a placement of ureteral stent. I am getting a CCI edit for 50435 saying it shouldn't be billed with 50693. Am I missing something, or misinterpreting something? Would you bill 50693, 50435-XU? Payer is Medicare.
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ZHealth Coding Newsletter - May 2015

May 15, 2015 7:58:00 AM

May 2015 Q & A

Question: Coding Both Bone Marrow Aspiration and Bone Marrow Core Biopsy

According to the AMA’s CPT Assistant March 2015, when both bone marrow aspiration and bone marrow biopsy of the same site are performed, we can code both 38221 and 38220. Since there is a NCCI edit between the two codes, can we use modifier -59 to override this edit? Please clarify. Thanks.

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