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Pediatric Coding Alert

E/M Coding:
Know These 4 Big Changes Coming to Outpatient E/M Time Coding
But prolonged clinical staff services coding stays the same. In the April issue of P... Read more
Critical Care:
Consider Clinical Criteria, Bundled Services, Before Coding Critical Care
But ignore location as a deciding factor. “Critical care is … determined … by the&n... Read more
ICD-10 Coding:
Determine the Answers to These Frequently Asked SDOH Questions
Screen often for environmental factors influencing patient health, experts say. We are al... Read more
Reader Question:
Catch Up With These New COVID-19 Codes, Guideline Changes
Question: There have been so many coding changes regarding COVID-19 that we are having tr... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Look Beyond F90 for ADD Reporting
Question: I am confused by the F90.- codes, particularly which one to use when a patient i... Read more
News You Can Use:
Stay Current With the 2020 CMS COVID-19 Telehealth Waivers
Health emergency forces new additions to the telehealth list and temporary guidelines. Th... Read more
Dial-in Your Knowledge of Telehealth Services
Dial-in Your Knowledge of Telehealth Services Master check-in, e-visit, and telemedicine ... Read more
Bust These Myths for Timely Seasonal Allergy Coding Relief
Our experts' advice is nothing to sneeze at. ‘Tis the season for seasonal allergies. Th... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Understand Procedure for Accurate Lysis Adhesion Removal
Question: Our pediatrician performed a lysis of adhesions for a patient who had a previous... Read more
Reader Question:
Keep On Top of These COVID-19 Code Choices
Question: What are the current guidelines regarding ICD-10 and CPT® coding for the COVID-... Read more
E/M Coding:
Modify Your 2021 MDM Understanding by Learning These Key Changes
 CPT® unveils new MDM table, definitions. Last month in Pediatric Coding Alert, we ... Read more
Coding Quiz:
How High Can You Score on This Underimmunization Quiz?
Time to get your Z28 understanding back on track. While the overall number of children va... Read more
Take Time to Fine-Tune Your Documentation Practices
Protect patients, providers with these 21 elements, 6 core components, and 5 tips. If y... Read more
Coding Quiz Answers:
Check Your Answers to Our Underimmunization Quiz
Find out if your coding knowledge needs to get back on schedule. Once you've answered the... Read more
Reader Question:
Encounter These Codes for STD Testing
Question: I have a pediatrician that is using A64 when he tests a patient for a sexually t... Read more
Reader Question:
Digest This Advice for Vegan Anemia Screening
Question: Our pediatrician just saw one of our adolescent patients who adopted a vegan lif... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Don’t Let These Codes Impact Your Excess Earwax Removal Reporting
Question: Our pediatrician removed cerumen from a patient's left and right ears. The cerum... Read more
2020 Reimbursement:
Protect Your 2020 Bottom Line With These 5 Steps
Don't let decreases in revenue for common peds services drag you down. Every year, Chip H... Read more
E/M Coding:
Know How MDM Will Change – and How it Won’t – in 2021
Say hello to new outpatient E/M guidelines, goodbye to 99201. In Pediatric Coding Alert v... Read more
ICD-10 Coding:
Follow the Guidelines, Code Abuse by the Book
And make sure your practice is prepared for the worst. Treating a child who has been phys... Read more
Reader Question:
Make This Code Your First Choice in This Second-Degree Burn Scenario
Question: One of our patients recently received a second-degree burn to the palm of her le... Read more
Reader Question:
Let Method Guide FBR Code Choice
Question: One of our teenage patients was involved in a car accident. She was treated at t... Read more
Reader Question:
Take Pains to Code This Foot Problem Correctly
Question: An adolescent male patient came in with pain in the right foot around the ankle ... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Examine Your Subsequent Care Savvy With This Scenario
Question: One of our young patients was just hospitalized for acute gastroenteritis and de... Read more
News You Can Use:
Note These Extensive NCCI Edits for Online Digital E/Ms
Make sure you bill email communications correctly this year. Late last year, the Centers ... Read more
Bust These 4 Myths, Preclude Preventive Service Claim Errors
Knowing what is, what is not, included is key. Preventive services are the lifeblood of a... Read more
Condition Spotlight:
Weigh the Answers to These Frequently Asked Pediatric BMI Questions
And take heed of these 3 notes of caution. Coding for a pediatric patient's body mass ind... Read more
Reader Question:
Examine This Encounter, Claim This Code
Question: Our pediatrician just saw a 4-year-old patient for a new patient well-child chec... Read more
Reader Question:
Know When, When Not, to Report Professional Service Component
Question: I'm hoping you can provide clarification on the appropriate date of service (DOS... Read more
Reader Question:
Choose This Code for Higher Level of Neonate Care
Question: Our pediatrician was making rounds at the local hospital and transferred a newbo... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Don’t Prolong This Neonatal Intensive Care Service
Question: If we bill 99468 for neonatal intensive care, can we also bill a prolonged servi... Read more
E/M Coding:
Get Ready for the Upcoming E/M Changes With These 5 Tips
Hint: Now's the time to prepare for 2021. You know that, on Jan. 1, 2021, evaluation and ... Read more
Care Management:
Add These Changes to Your 2020 Care Management Coding Cognition
Build your CCM, TCM knowledge and increase your bottom line. In last month's Pediatric Co... Read more
Case Study Corner:
Evaluate Levels in This OM Case Study
See if you agree with our experts' decisions. You have probably coded more evaluation and... Read more
Reader Question:
Use Normal Newborn, Procedure Codes in This Home Birth Scenario
Question: Our pediatrician performed a normal newborn well-child service on a child w... Read more
Reader Question:
Test Your Knowledge of CPT® Time Guidelines With This Code
Question: We want to use 96112 for ASQ-3 questionnaires, but we're not sure what the code'... Read more
Reader Question:
Get Sore Throat Relief With This Dx
Question: We recently ran a rapid strep test on a young patient who came in complaining of... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Take This Counsel When Billing for Wellness Visits
Question: My pediatrician has just seen an infant for a wellness visit. The infant was bor... Read more