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  • Part 3: Master Medicine Code Updates for CPT® 2020 September 16, 2019
    A lot of specialties will find relevant updates in the Medicine section of CPT® 2020, and we’ve pulled together the can’t-miss news for you here. Tip: If you report EEG, you will certainly want to read on. Don’t forget: You’ll find the E/M and Surgery section updates in Part 1 and the Radiology and Path/Lab […]
  • Part 2: Know What’s New in CPT® 2020 for Radiology and Path/Lab September 12, 2019
    You’ve gotten a glimpse at the new E/M and Surgery codes in Part 1 of our CPT® 2020 series. Now let’s dive in to the updates for the Radiology section and the Pathology and Laboratory section. Focus on 4 Areas for Radiology Updates Abdomen X-rays, GI imaging, myocardial imaging, and radiopharmaceutical tumor localization are the […]
  • Part 1: Prepare for CPT® 2020 for E/M and Surgery Codes September 9, 2019
    The 2020 CPT® code set includes 394 code changes, with 248 new codes, 71 deletions, and 75 revisions, according to the AMA. Let’s start learning those changes by going over what’s new in Category I for E/M and Surgery section codes. Expect Remote and Online to Dominate E/M Changes You probably know there will be […]
  • What’s Proposed for MIPS in 2020 and What Are MVPs? August 29, 2019
    The Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule for 2020 adds some insights into what we may see in 2021, as well. One possibility is a new MIPS Value Pathways (MVPs) framework. Here is a look at the highlights for these MACRA-related updates. Prepare for Performance Threshold Points to Go Up First up, the QPP 2020 […]
  • Anesthesia Coders: Know How to Report for Multiple Procedures During Obstetric Cases August 26, 2019
    Obstetrical cases don’t always go as planned, so make sure you’re ready to report the correct anesthesia CPT® codes for these labor and delivery variations. Handle Labor, C-Section, and Tubal Ligation Coding Question: What is the proper coding when a patient has anesthesia for labor that results in a cesarean section with tubal ligation at […]
  • Learn Coronary Artery Anatomy According to CPT® and CCI August 22, 2019
    When your job is converting medical documentation into codes, your knowledge of medical anatomy has to be shipshape. But you’ve got the added complication that the code set you’re using may have its own definitions for specific terms. Case in point: CPT® guidelines set out five major coronary arteries with coronary artery branches for only […]