Ob-Gyn Coding for Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Do you sometimes get confused on what CPT code to use when a laparoscopic hysterectomy has been performed?  Here is some information that helps provide structure to the codes available.  Laparoscopic Hysterectomy can be divided into three major code sets.  Aside from CPT code 58548, the CPT codes in each code set are differentiated by […]

2013 CPT Coding Changes for Cardiologists

The trend continues in 2013 for modifications to the cardiology CPT codes.  Of particular interest are the changes to the coronary angioplasty, stenting, and atherectomy codes.  CPT codes 92980, 92981, 92982, 92984, 92995, and 92996 will no longer be used.  They will be replaced with 13 new codes which will help classify your services as […]

Billing for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

  Background Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a new technology for use in treating certain patients with aortic stenosis.  As an alternative to open heart surgery, a bioprosthetic valve is inserted percutaneously using a catheter and implanted in the orifice of the native aortic valve.  Potential benefits of this procedure are that it’s less […]

Avoid the 2013 e-Prescribing Penalty

The June 30th deadline is looming. If you don’t e-prescribe on 10 eligible encounters by this date, you will be subject to a 1.5% reduction on your 2013 Medicare Fee Schedule.  First step, determine if you are an eligible professional (EP) by clicking here.  Will the penalty apply to my EP? The 2013 penalty will […]

Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity

Did you know that Medicare now has coverage provisions for behavioral therapy for obesity? Effective with dates of service November 29, 2011 and forward, Medicare beneficiaries with obesity are eligible for a series of face-to-face visits with a primary care physician. For these services, the Medicare Part B deductible and coinsurance are waived. MedLearn Matters […]

Changes in Health Professional Shortage Areas

Significant changes have been made in the areas categorized as  Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA’s). The Health Resources and Services  Administration (HRSA) published an updated Federal Register Notice on November  3, 2011, that contains important information about new and withdrawn HPSA  designations. These changes will take effect for services provided on or after  January 1, […]