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New Diagnosis Codes Related to COVID-19 Take Effect in 2021 on February 22, 2021

Most of the annual changes to diagnosis coding under ICD-10[i] system take effect on October 1, but other changes occur during the year. There are quite a few codes that became effective on January 1, 2021, all related to COVID-19 conditions.

Categories: radiology coding, COVID-19

Coding Changes That Will Impact Radiology Practices In 2021 on January 6, 2021

The big news in Current Procedural Terminology[i] (CPT)® revisions for 2021 is the overhaul of the Evaluation and Management (E&M) section, reducing documentation requirements, and introducing new rules for determining the level of coding. These changes will affect interventional radiologists and radiation oncologists more than they will the day-to-day work of diagnostic radiologists. First, we will review the other non-E&M code changes affecting diagnostic and interventional radiology for 2021.

Categories: radiology coding, interventional radiology, IR coding, CPT codes, radiology, diagnostic radiology

Coding Changes That Will Impact Radiology Practices In 2020 on January 9, 2020


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With the new year comes the annual revision of Current Procedural Terminology[i] (CPT)® coding that practices have to be aware of.  For diagnostic radiology, the changes for 2020 are relatively few and they are concentrated in the areas of abdominal and gastrointestinal plain films, nuclear medicine procedures for tumor localization, and myocardial PET imaging.  The changes to interventional radiology coding are likewise quite limited and involve pericardial and spinal puncture procedures. 

Categories: radiology coding, IR coding, CPT codes

Get Ready for Changes to Radiology Billing in 2020 on December 23, 2019

Our own Sandy Coffta, Vice President of Client Services, spoke with Aunt Minnie’s Brian Casey at the 2019 RSNA Annual Meeting in Chicago.  In the interview posted on auntminnie.com, Sandy mentioned some of the highlights that practices should be concerned about in the coming year. 

Categories: radiology reimbursement, radiology billing, radiology documentation, radiology coding, radiology

What Radiologists Need to Know About ICD-10 Changes for 2020 on October 24, 2019

The 2020 annual update to the ICD-10-CM[i] system used in medical insurance claim billing became effective on October 1, 2019.  Twenty-one (21) codes were deleted, thirty (30) codes were revised and 273 new codes were added.  The good news for radiologists is that relatively few of these changes will affect your work. 

Categories: radiology coding, icd-10

Coding and Billing Considerations in Interventional Radiology on October 16, 2017

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A radiology practice that performs interventional procedures will want to be up to date on the use of documentation and coding techniques for Evaluation and Management (E&M) services.  These CPT® codes in the 99xxx range are less commonly utilized in radiology practices.  Identifying circumstances where E&M services are billable, and then properly documenting and coding for them, will require a collaborative effort between the interventional radiologist (IR) and his or her coding team.

Categories: radiology billing, radiology coding, interventional radiology, radiology

How to Be Sure Your Radiology Documentation Supports Proper Coding for Moderate Sedation on March 2, 2017

The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for 2017 contained some revisions to the coding and reimbursement for moderate sedation that will potentially impact radiology practices. Previously, moderate sedation was not separately reimbursed for many of the procedures listed in Appendix G of the CPT®[i] codebook.  Sedation was bundled with the basic procedure, but now it will be reimbursed in addition to the basic procedure.  There are important guidelines and documentation that must be met in order to use these codes, and radiologists interested in maximizing their reimbursements should review their reporting to be sure it supports proper coding under the new rules.

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Categories: radiology documentation, radiology coding

Maximize Mammography Coding and Billing Efficiency in 2017 on January 28, 2017

Medicare publishes its rules and requirements for the coding and billing of medical procedures to obtain reimbursement under its programs, but many commercial insurers are not as transparent about their own requirements. This leaves medical billing professionals in the dark when there are new procedure codes or changes to existing coding in the American Medical Association’s CPT® code set or by federal regulation.  Such is the case with mammography coding for 2017.  Below we have summarized the key coding considerations for radiology practices billing mammography services this year. (Click here to read our complete article on the 2017 coding changes impacting diagnostic and intervential radiology.)

Categories: radiology reimbursement, radiology coding, breast imaging

2017 Interventional Radiology CPT Codes Update | HAP USA on January 27, 2017

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The annual cycle of revising codes in the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)® has been completed with the issuance of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule for 2017. For diagnostic radiology, the changes this year are in mammography bundling, ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm, and fluoroscopic guidance.  Interventional Radiology (IR) will also be subject to bundling and other rearranging of codes for certain procedures.  Finally, there are new codes that have been created to describe procedures previously unlisted, which generally will improve reimbursement for those procedures, and codes deleted from use, which will return the affected procedures to the ‘unlisted’ category.

Categories: radiology reimbursement, radiology coding, interventional radiology, IR coding, CPT codes

How to Choose a Radiology Revenue Cycle Management Vendor - Part 2 on September 30, 2016

Our first article in this series provided a list of questions to ask when evaluating a professional services Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) vendor for your radiology practice.  If your current RCM vendor cannot answer all of them positively, it’s time to look for a new vendor.  With a large number of RCM companies available in the market, how should you decide which one to choose?

Categories: radiology reimbursement, radiology billing, radiology coding

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