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Orthopedic Coding Alert

CCI Update:

CCI 18.1 Update: Edits Alter Your Selective Catheter Placement With Vessel Repair Reporting

Watch for the new compression codes and manipulation.Certain CPT® 2012 codes that dodged the Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) edit pairs in January are all bundled up as of April 1, 2012. One such edit is for the reporting of certain vascular injections and blood vessel repair. You will need to be watchful when reporting these. You will frequently encounter vessel repairs when your surgeon is treating crush injury, deeper wounds, and some cases of open fracture.CCI version 18.1 reveals a fairly light update, with 358 new edit pairs and 23 terminated pairs. For new pairs, surgery dominated with over 90 percent of both column 1 and column 2 codes, said Frank D. Cohen, MPA, MBB, senior analyst with The Frank Cohen Group, LLC, in his analysis of the changes. Avoid 36251 with 35231 and BeyondCCI 18.1 adds nearly 50 edit pairs with the following blood vessel repair codes in the [...]


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