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Cardiology Coding Alert

Focus on Arteriovenous Fistula Creation HCPCS Level II Updates
 Remember: Pay attention to effective dates for COVID-19 HCPCS Level II codes. The C... Read more
5 Tips Guide Your Hypertensive CKD and Pulmonary Hypertension Claims
Don't forget to report a secondary code from category N18- when reporting a code from cate... Read more
Boost Your Medical Documentation With HPI, ROS, and A/P Enhancement
Make sure your documentation avoids conflicts or contradictions with info throughout the r... Read more
Reader Questions:
Reporting Mobitz Block Type I? Do This
Question: My cardiologist documented a diagnosis of Mobitz block type I. Which ICD-10... Read more
Reader Questions:
Never Report Add-On Code Without Correct Primary Code
Question: I'm getting a lot of denials for claims with +93571 with the explanation that th... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Rely on Global Code for This Holter Monitor Coding Scenario
Question: The patient has an irregular heart rhythm that comes and goes. Based upon his sy... Read more
Learn How to Code Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 With New ICD-10 Guidelines
Remember: Take a look at the Z-codes related to COVID-19 cases. During the recent COVID-... Read more
Report Endovascular Repair of Infrarenal Abdominal Aorta Correctly Every Time
Hint: Make sure you look for “rupture” and “other than rupture” in the documentat... Read more
E/M 2021:
Boost Your E/M 2021 Knowledge by Busting 5 Myths About Upcoming Changes
Remember: You will pay special attention to MDM and time in 2021. Starting on Jan. 1, 2... Read more
Reader Question:
Mind These Heart Cath Codes
Question: My cardiologist performed a combined right heart catheterization and transseptal... Read more
Reader Question:
Figure Out MBI Rejection
Question: I've had a few claims rejected for Medicare patients, even though I know I have ... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Rely on 93660 for This Tilt Table Scenario
Question: My cardiologist performed a tilt table test to evaluate a patient who has been e... Read more
Telehealth, Part 1:
Master Medicare’s Telehealth Changes During COVID-19 Pandemic
Critical care among new codes added to Medicare telehealth list to be covered during COVI... Read more
Telehealth, Part 2:
Check Out Virtual Check-Ins, E-Visits, RPM, and Telephone E/Ms
During COVID-19 PHE, both new and established patients can receive virtual check-ins. I... Read more
COVID-19 Codes:
Take a Look at New COVID-19 Code Choices
Add 87635 to your CPT® coding arsenal. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you will gain ... Read more
Reader Question:
Dial Into Pacemaker Conversion Scenario
Question: The cardiologist converted a single chamber pacemaker to a dual chamber system b... Read more
Reader Question:
Follow ICD-10 Guidelines for Old Myocardial Infarctions
Question: What are the rules for coding an old myocardial infarction? Pennsylvania Subscr... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Choose Appropriate Code for Comprehensive EP Study
Question: My cardiologist inserted multiple catheter electrodes into the patient using flu... Read more
Sidestep 3 Common Cardiac Cath Errors to Submit Clean Claims
Remember: You should report specific codes for congenital heart disease caths. Understand... Read more
CCI 2020:
Discover What’s New for Cardiology in the CCI Policy Manual
You will see new abbreviation AOC in the 2020 CCI Policy Manual. You learned all about t... Read more
Don’t Forget to Check the Errata List from AMA
Get ready to mark your coding manual with changes. Although the 2020 CPT® updates... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Distinguish Between Pacemaker Revision and Relocation
Question: The cardiologist created an incision at the selected site and inserted the elect... Read more
Reader Question:
Get Ready for New Coronavirus Codes
Question: What are the new CPT® codes for coronavirus testing? Ohio Subscriber Answer: ... Read more
Reader Question:
Never Ignore “Code First” Note
Question: My cardiologist documented that the patient has hypertensive heart disease with ... Read more
CERT Report Discovers 7.7 Percent Improper Payment Rate for Cardiology
Insufficient documentation one of biggest errors found in latest report by CMS. As you ar... Read more
Cardiac Monitoring, Part 3:
Get Your Most Burning Cardiac Event Monitor Questions Answered
Only report 93268 if the cardiologist reports the entire cardiac event monitoring service.... Read more
E/M 2021:
Focus on Approaching 2021 Updates for New Patient Office E/M Codes
Catch these code descriptor changes for 99202-99205. Evaluation and management (E/M) new ... Read more
Reader Question:
Take These Steps to Protect ePHI
Question: My practice plans to switch over to exclusively using electronic faxes, but befo... Read more
Reader Question:
Demystify Nonselective Catheterization
Question: The cardiologist introduced a catheter into the patient's common femoral artery ... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Learn Congenital TTE Rules
Question: Could you help me understand the rules for reporting codes TTE codes 93303 and 9... Read more
CCI 26.0 Update:
Focus on 2020 Pericardial Drainage and Aorta Graft Edits
Remember: Always pay attention to modifier indicators. You've learned all about the 2020 ... Read more
Cardiac Monitoring, Part 2:
Here’s How to Correctly Report Holter Monitoring
Don't miss: Understand when to appropriately append modifier 52. Holter monitoring is one... Read more
Recent Updates to 5 Cardiology NCDs Reflect New 2020 ICD-10 Code Additions
You'll see some changes to NCD 20.9.1 “Ventricular Assist Devices.” CMS recently rele... Read more
Reader Question:
Rely on This Option for Insertion of Permanent Implantable Defibrillator System
Question: The cardiologist implanted a new permanent dual chamber defibrillator system wit... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Puzzle Out Percutaneous Transluminal Mechanical Thrombectomy Scenario
Question: The cardiologist used fluoroscopic guidance to introduce a catheter through the ... Read more
Cardiac Monitoring, Part 1:
Solidify Your External MCT Claims With Expert Advice
Remember: Report mobile cardiac telemetry monitor codes 93228 and 93229 only once per 30 d... Read more
Test Yourself on HCPCS Level II 2020 Cardiology Codes and New Modifiers
Hint: You'll receive several new modifiers related to clinical decision support mechanisms... Read more
Handy Tips Conquer New CPT® 2020 Online Digital E/M Codes
Hint: Never report online digital E/M services for cumulative service time that is less th... Read more
Reader Question:
Investigate Parenthetical Notes for 93297 and 93298
Question: I was perusing the October 2019 issue of Cardiology Coding Alert and had a quest... Read more
Reader Question:
Discover Appropriate Code for Swan-Ganz Catheter
Question: I'm new to cardiology, and I recently saw “Swan-Ganz catheter” in my cardiol... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Follow Numerous Guidance for 93025
Question: The cardiologist took an electrocardiogram with the patient at rest after applyi... Read more