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Radiology Coding Alert

CPT® 2020 Updates:
Check Out Round 2 of Radiology CPT® Updates For The 2020 CY
The focus shifts back to fundamental code description changes. Now that you've had some t... Read more
CPT® Case Studies:
Identify Key Differences Between Radiographic, CT/MRI Arthrography
Distinguish between radiographic and fluoroscopic imaging in the report. You need to take... Read more
See Changes In Store for MIPS Performance Thresholds and More
Avoiding negative payment adjustments may become more difficult. As part of the Medicare ... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Discern Between Arthrogram, Therapeutic Injection With Examples
Question: What's the difference between a radiographic arthrogram and a therapeutic inject... Read more
Reader Question:
Look to Scoliosis Codes for Stitching Spine Series
Question: Is there a code I should use to report a “stitching spine” series for examin... Read more
Reader Question:
Recall Revised Excludes 1 Note Guidelines
Question: We've seen numerous denials on claims billed with J35.03 and J35.3. We checked t... Read more
CPT® 2020 Updates:
Brace Yourself for Massive Radiology Changes to CPT® 2020
Take note of a handful of crucial code description revisions. The last few years have bee... Read more
Consider This Set of Lesser-Known MCPM Radiology Guidelines
Be extra cautious with auto-populating POS codes. You'll find no shortage of coding and b... Read more
Rules and Regulations:
Know What Fraud and Abuse Looks Like With This Guide
Pinpoint the difference using example scenarios. Sticking to the coding guidelines and po... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Confirm 3-D Reconstruction for MRCP Coding
Question: I'm working on an exam header that states MRI/MRCP Abdomen with and without cont... Read more
Reader Question:
Check LCD Policy for Medical Necessity Denials
Question: I've been getting medical necessity denials from NGS Medicare for computed tomog... Read more
Reader Question:
Report POS Code 15 for Mobile Radiology Services
Question: We've got a patient that received a computed tomography (CT) scan from a mobile ... Read more
Reader Question:
Report This Z Code for CPAP Intolerance
Question: What's the diagnosis code for CPAP intolerance? Wyoming Subscriber Answer... Read more
ICD-10-CM Updates:
Refresh Your ICD-10-CM Coding Inventory With Brand-New Updates
See the huge variety of new codes that's in store for you. On the surface, 2020 is presen... Read more
Stay Compliant By Staying Up-To-Date on New TC, PC Billing Policy
See how these guidelines will impact your day-to-day operations. Sometimes, policy change... Read more
Case Studies:
Test Your Ear, Nose, and Throat Dx Coding With 3 Examples
Channel your inner problem solver to simplify the coding process. Radiology coders don't ... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Don’t Stray Far From Dictation Report Diagnoses
Question: If you've got a report without a diagnosis that meets the CPT® code's... Read more
Reader Question:
Distinguish Between TV/TA Ultrasounds in Technique, Findings
Question: Do transvaginal and transabdominal ultrasounds (US) performed at the same e... Read more
Reader Question:
Be Wary of CT, Fluoro Guidance in Same Encounter
Question: I'm working on a fluoroscopic-guided lumbar puncture. At the beginning of t... Read more
Reader Question:
Go Unlisted For CAD With Breast US
Question: Which computer-aided detection (CAD) code should I use to report CAD with a brea... Read more
Begin Prep Now for New PAMA Rules and Regulations on ADIS Orders
See what it takes to streamline the process between ordering and furnishing providers. Be... Read more
ICD-10-CM Coding:
Case Study: Enhance Your Spinal MRI Diagnostic Coding Skills
Sometimes, you've got to take your time with a dictation report and break it down piece-by... Read more
Learn the Appeals Submission Process With Quick Tips
Identify each of the 5 levels of the appeals process. You know how to properly submit a c... Read more
Reader Question:
Use This Dx Code for Pre-MRI Metal Clearance Screening
Question: What's the diagnosis code for a pre- magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) metal scre... Read more
Reader Question:
Code Clean Hysterosalpingograms Using Indication Diagnoses
Question: I'm working on a hysterosalpingogram with an indicating diagnosis of infertility... Read more
Reader Question:
Consider X{EPSU} Payer Rules on Case-By-Case Basis
Question: Which payers accept the X{EPSU} modifiers? I've heard that you should only repor... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Look to This Modifier for Transgender Screening Mammograms
Question: How do I code for a transgender patient receiving a screening mammogram? We have... Read more
Sharpen Your Obstetrical US Skills With Key Rules and Guidelines
Test your knowledge with a challenging two-part example. Following up on the article pres... Read more
Code Cerebral Angiographies With Ease With These Pointers
The key is knowing what authoritative sources to reference. Interventional radiology (IR)... Read more
ICD-10-CM Coding:
Take Your Cerebral Embolism Dx Coding to the Next Level
Know what symptoms are associated with each type of embolism. Sometimes, learning the nua... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Reference NCCI Edits for Tissue Marker Placement with 38505
Question: Can I code for clip placement with an axillary lymph node biopsy? Also, the radi... Read more
Reader Question:
Code ABI, Flow Velocity-Related Dxs as Signs and Symptoms
Question: On a complete bilateral duplex scan of the lower-extremity arteries, I am confus... Read more
Reader Question:
Know Guidelines on Post-Malignancy Mammogram Screenings
Question: We have a patient with a history of breast malignancy scheduled to receive a scr... Read more
Reader Question:
Follow Payer Rules When Appending LT, RT to 77048
Question: Does CPT® code 77048 need a modifier indicating laterality? Oklahoma Subscribe... Read more
Break Down the Mechanics of Obstetrical Ultrasound Coding
Bank on a few key ACR guidelines. In the first of a multi-part series, you'll dive in to ... Read more
Cover Your MIPS Radiation Dose Reporting Needs With This Guide
Include these codes for your best shot at a maximum payment adjustment. It's imperative t... Read more
ICD-10-CM Coding:
Follow Key Rules, Guidelines for Correct Septic Embolism Coding
Always take parenthetical notes into account. Septic embolism coding can be considered ch... Read more
Reader Question:
Know When to Overrule Impression With Indication Dx
Question: I'm working on a chest X-ray with an indicating diagnosis of chest pain and card... Read more
Reader Question:
Use Discretion for Principal Diagnosis Without Definitive Condition
Question: I've got a chart where the patient presents with shortness of breath and a cough... Read more
Reader Question:
Consider NCCI Edits for Overlapping CT, CTA Procedures
Question: Can I submit a computed tomography (CT) head without contrast along with a same-... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Code Compression Fx Depending on Trauma Involvement
Question: I'm working on a patient who's had a lumbar spine X-ray and a lumbar spine ... Read more
CPT® Coding:
Consider NCCI Policy on X-Ray Guided Tube, Catheter Placements
Rely on key points for initial versus secondary X-rays. You're probably not too intimated... Read more
ICD-10-CM Coding:
I.D. Differences Between Aftercare, Follow-Up Diagnoses
Don't forget proper code sequencing rules, either. Follow-up and aftercare are important ... Read more
Check Out These Crucial Revisions to Hypertension Coding Guidelines
Consider a few code changes in addition to other critical updates. Most coders feel overw... Read more
Reader Question:
Consider CMS Guidelines, Physician Setting Before Ordering New Imaging
Question: Do the radiology techs need to obtain a new order from referring physicians if t... Read more
Reader Question:
Decide Between 1, 2 Oblique Views on Unilateral Hip X-rays
Question: I'm working on a unilateral right hip with pelvis X-ray. The provider has docume... Read more
Reader Question:
Check Excludes1 Note for COPD, Bronchiectasis Dx Combo
Question: What is the ICD-10-CM code to report for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Check Payer Policy Before Reporting Same-Day Diagnostic, Screening Tomosynthesis
Question: Can you report a bilateral screening tomosynthesis on the same day as a bilatera... Read more
CPT® Coding:
I.D. Fundamental Differences Between Image-Guided Aspiration, Drainage Procedures
Know what terminology to look out for in the dictation report. For beginning radiology co... Read more
ICD-10-CM Guidelines:
Distinguish Fact From Fiction Coding Heart Valve Conditions
When in doubt, stick to the ICD-10-CM coding process. The world of procedural and diagnos... Read more
Interventional Radiology:
Boost Your Selective Catheterization Skills With These Tips
Use CPT® instruction, expert advice to clear up any sources of confusion. Interventional... Read more
Reader Question:
Don’t Report Technical Component for RS&I Services
Question: What documentation does my facility need in order to bill for the technical... Read more
Reader Question:
Code Bladder Erythema as Other Specified Over Unspecified
Question: What is the best diagnosis code to report for bladder erythema? I'm deliber... Read more
Reader Question:
Check Payer Policy for Unilateral Screening Mammogram Reporting
Question: What is the correct way to code a unilateral screening mammogram? We've bee... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Know When to Combine Documentation From Indication, Impression
Question: A referring doctor sends a patient to us for a magnetic resonance imaging (... Read more
Incorporate These Imaging Practice Parameters Into Your Arsenal
Plus, make sure dictation report structure meets ACR standards. If you feel occasionally ... Read more
Bill for Discarded Drugs Using This Modifier JW How-To Guide
Sift between guidelines and expert input for all you need to know. When billing and repor... Read more
CMS Final Rule:
Stay Compliant, Dive into New MPFS Final Rule Documentation Policy
See what changes will help streamline your documentation processes. The Medicare Physicia... Read more
Reader Question:
Identify Descriptive Differences Between 76981, 76982
Question: What is the difference between the new 2019 elastography codes 76981 and 76892? ... Read more
Reader Question:
Bill Modifier TC Services Following Dictation Report Completion
Question: Can I bill for the technical component of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sca... Read more
Reader Question:
Avoid Any Confusion Coding Leukorrhea
Question: Is N98.8 the best ICD-10 code to report for leukorrhea? Utah Subscriber Answer... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Contact Payer for MRI Breast with Contrast Coding Guidance
Question: What CPT® code should I report for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of t... Read more
CPT® Coding:
Get Clarity on Single View Chest, Abdomen X-Ray Coding Cases
Learn how to navigate between parenthetical notes and other authoritative sources. Someti... Read more
ICD-10-CM Guidelines:
Familiarize Yourself With These New Hurricane External Cause Guidelines
Use these 2 examples to steer home the point. Following a tumultuous 2018 hurricane seaso... Read more
ICD-10-CM Coding:
Brush Up On Gout Coding by Addressing 4 Crucial Steps
The key to success begins and ends with a knowledge of the terminology. An overweight pat... Read more
Reader Question:
Note Circumstances of Postop Pain Before Determining Dx Code
Question: A patient is seen for imaging two days following an ethmoidectomy. The patient c... Read more
Reader Question:
Report MRI of the Penis using 7219X
Question: What is the CPT® code for an MRI of the penis? California Subscriber Answer: ... Read more
Reader Question:
Know How to Sequence Complication, Condition Codes Properly
Question: How should I code a diagnosis of chronic nasal bleeding following sinus surgery?... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Know What Criteria to Look for on Duplex Scan Reports
Question: On a scrotal ultrasound (US) with duplex scan, the provider documents in the dup... Read more
ICD-10-CM Guidelines:
Consider New Guideline Updates Involving Malignancy, CKD, and MI Coding
Use this expert guidance to make sense of this plethora of new and revised guidelines. As... Read more
CPT® Coding:
Home In On this Advice for 2019 Breast MRI, CAD Combination Coding
Plus, don't let this semantic error send you into a coding tailspin. By this time of year... Read more
CPT® Guidelines:
Fine-Tune Your 2019 PICC CPT® Coding with This Handy Guide
Seamlessly integrate these new codes with a few helpful tips. While you may have been bri... Read more
Reader Question:
Make Note of New Drug Use With Pregnancy Dx Guidelines
Question: I've been told that there is a new guideline on reporting for patients who are u... Read more
Reader Question:
Check Medicare Criteria for AAA US Screenings
Question: What criteria need to be met in order for a Medicare patient to qualify for an a... Read more
Reader Question:
Consider CT Shoulder Arthrography, CT Upper Extremity One In The Same
Question: What's the CPT® code for a computed tomography (CT) arthrography of the shoulde... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Properly Distinguish Between Aftercare Visits, Comparison Examinations
Question: A patient had an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) hip surgery and returne... Read more