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How To Enhance Practice Revenue Using Video Reporting on July 1, 2022

Radiologists at NYU Langone Medical Center have been creating video radiology reports in addition to their traditional text-based reports. The videos are intended for the patient, not the referring physician, and they are uploaded to the patient portal as they are completed. A team headed by Michael P. Recht, MD, studied the results, which became available online April 20 at the American Journal of Roentgenology. An example of a video report is included in NYU Langone’s NewsHub.

Categories: radiology reimbursement, radiology coding, radiology, TAVR

Coding Changes That Will Impact Radiology Practices In 2022 on January 24, 2022

There are 249 new codes in Current Procedural Terminology[i] (CPT)® that are now in effect for 2022, plus 93 revised codes and 63 deleted codes. However, of all those changes relatively few will impact radiology practices.

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

ICD-10 Coding Changes That Will Impact Radiologists In 2022 on October 14, 2021

The annual changes to the ICD-10-CM[i] coding system come in two forms. The Coding and Reporting Guidelines describe how the codes are to be used, and then there is the list of available codes themselves. 159 new codes became effective on October 1, 2021, and many codes have been revised or deleted. Not surprisingly there are a few revisions to the reporting of COVID-19 infections and related conditions.

Categories: radiology documentation, radiology coding, icd-10, CPT codes, radiology

HCPCS Code for Billing Artificial Intelligence is Announced on August 4, 2021

In our recent article on reimbursement for using artificial intelligence (AI) in radiology, Sandy Coffta mentioned the possibility of new codes proposed by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and other imaging societies. One of those new codes was approved and released on July 1, 2021, for use beginning January 1, 2022. HCPCS[1] Level II code 0691T (CPT[2] Category III) will apply to the use of AI for automated analysis of existing CT studies for vertebral fracture(s), including assessment of bone density when performed, data preparation, interpretation, and reporting.

Categories: radiology reimbursement, radiology coding, radiology, artificial intelligence

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


Click here to read our 2022 code changes update article. 

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

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