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General Surgery Coding Alert

Correct Coding Guidelines:
CCI Policy Manual Restricts Coverage for Procedure + Imaging

Plus, learn endoscopic and bone marrow limitations. Keeping up with Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) quarterly updates to the edit-pair lists will only get you so far in Medicare billing compliance. You also need to study guidance that CMS puts out in the National Correct Coding Initiative Policy Manual, the latest being a Jan. 2012 update that could have significant impact on your general surgery practice. We've got the lowdown on a few important changes that are sure to affect the way you code your services, thanks to coder Kristi Stumpf, MCS-P, CPC, COSC, ACS-OR, owner of Precision Auditing and Coding, and senior coder and auditor with The Coding Network, who broke down the changes. Background: Each year, CMS updates the Policy Manual, which offers rationale for various CCI edits, as well as describing acceptable scenarios for overriding some edit pairs. Bundle Imaging Into These Services When it comes to emergency [...]

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