Amazing tips for Coding Vascular and Non-Vascular Ultrasound Guidance

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I am again here to share a few tips about medical coding. Yes, this time we will checkout some CPT codes, which are very important in surgery coding. Yes, we are here to learn about the imaging guidance CPT codes used in diagnostic and interventional radiology. I am talking about the ultrasound guidance CPT codes used in both vascular and non-vascular procedures. The new CPT codes until 2016, mostly includes the imaging guidance procedures. However, still we have many procedure codes, which require coding Ultrasound guidance CPT codes along with the main procedure code. CPT code 76942 and 76937 are used as ultrasound guidance in coding Interventional radiology reports. Let us learn more about these CPT codes.
Amazing tips for Coding Vascular and Non-Vascular Ultrasound Guidance

How to become a Perfect ICD 10 coder?: Read this

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ICD 10 codes are very different from ICD 9 codes. Yes, the number of diagnosis codes have increase significantly in ICD 10 codes, but these codes are more specific than ICD 9 codes. Medical coders including the CPC certified coders, who are still struggling to learn these ICD 10 codes, they just need to focus on few techniques. Yes, it is not difficult to become a perfect ICD 10 coder, we just have to follow the coding guidelines, which are still the same. I have been coding ICD 10 codes from last few months, and I want to share few tips and techniques which can help you improving your skills in ICD 10 coding.

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Sample Coded Chart for CPT code 74250

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Recently we have seen there have been few changes with CPT codes for upper gastrointesinal (GI) exam in radiology in 2016. The radiology procedure CPT codes 74240 to 74250 the CPT codes have been revised and included "images" in their code description. For example the code descriptions for CPT code 74250 is now will be

74250- Radiologic examination, small intestine, includes multiple serial films images;

Sample Coded Chart for CPT code 74250

Secret Coding tips for Follow up ICD 10 Codes

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The follow-up codes are mostly confused with the aftercare ICD 10 codes. In addition, with the implementation of ICD 10 injury codes, this has created more confusion. You all want to how these new injury codes are messing up everywhere, keep reading you will get the answer. As you all know we have the 7th character alphabet for initial (A), subsequent (D) and sequela (S) for all the injury ICD 10 codes. I know we all are struggling to use these updated injury codes but these codes are not that difficult to use. Previously we have learnt about normal and outcome of delivery ICD 10 codes for pregnancy, now will focus on followup visit ICD 10 codes. Let us check more in detail about follow up ICD 10 codes and injury codes.

Secret Coding tips for Follow up ICD 10 Codes

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Awesome tricks for CPT code 76881 and 76882

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Ultrasound of the extremity is a non-invasive imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to evaluate the extremities (arms and legs), providing real-time, two-dimensional images. Longitudinal, transverse and oblique images of the area of interest are obtained. Sonography or echography can also be used as alternative term for Ultrasound imaging technique. We have two new codes for the non-vascular ultrasound exam for soft tissues, muscles or tendon that is CPT code 76881 and 76882. These codes are similar to renal complete or limited ultrasound exam and abdomen complete and limited ultrasound. In complete Ultrasound exam, all the soft tissues are examined for CPT code 76881, while code 76882 is used only when a specific area is studied. Below is the full code description for CPT code 76881 and 76882 as per CPT codebook.