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Anesthesia Coding Alert

CPT 2011:
Don't Miss New Joint Injection Guidelines That Kick In January 1

Revised directions change ultrasound, T12-L1 reporting.Remember to check for updated or revised guidelines when preparing to use your new code books for 2011, not just code descriptors. CPT 2011 includes new details for coding some common injection procedures, as pointed out at the AMA's CPT and RBRVS 2011 Annual Symposium in Chicago. Read on for a few pointers to help stay on the right track.Check Revised Paravertebral Injection NotesThe introduction of new codes for paravertebral facet joint injections in 2010 (64490-64495) meant changes to how you reported related codes. During the CPT and RBRVS Symposium, Douglas G. Merrill, MD, MBA, of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, pointed out two revised guidelines dealing with paravertebral facet (spinal) joint procedures.Ultrasound clarification: Instructions in CPT 2010 directed you to report 64999 (Unlisted procedure, nervous system) if the provider used ultrasound guidance during paravertebral facet joint injections. The AMA released a correction later in [...]

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