Want to learn Transcatheter Thrombolysis CPT codes: Read this

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Thrombolysis, also known as thrombolytic therapy, is a treatment to dissolve clots (thrombi or thrombus) in blood vessels, thereby preventing damage to tissue. Thrombolysis may involve the delivery of drugs via a peripheral intravenous line or via a catheter that delivers drugs directly to the site of the thrombus which is referred to as “transcatheter therapy”. There have been significant changes to transcatheter thrombolysis CPT codes from 2013.
There are 4 new codes for coding transcatheter thrombolytic arterial or venous infusion. These new codes arebundled CPT codes which included all the minor procedures with them. The new CPT codes are 37211, 37212, 37213 and 37214. The first two codes are different from the late two CPT codes. Let us check the code description which will help you to know more about these procedure codes.

Do you know Place of Services codes for billing & claims: Read this

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As you know there are a list of place of services codes using in medical coding. These are very important for payer or insurance companies. It is a numerical code like CPT and ICD 10, which denote the place of service code. These are same codes used in CMS 1500 claim form for medical billing. Professional claims also use these place of services codes in their form. These codes are important for medical coding Certification exam preparation as well.      Let us check the list of these codes used in medical coding and billing.

Place of Services codes for billing & claims


Top Coding Tips for CPT code 78451 and 78452

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In Radiology, most of the CPTcodes are from 7000 series. Some of CPT codes for X-rays, CT, MRI, CTA etc. we have already learnt here. We have even checked few supporting CPT codes like ultrasound guidance (76942) or angiography CPT codes, which should be always reported with the main procedure code. But, today we are here to learn more about CPT code 78451, 78452, 78453 and 78454. These codes are included in the nuclear medicine category because these exam requires injection of radionuclide. A radionuclide, radioactive nuclide or radioisotope is unstable form of a chemical element that radioactively decays, resulting in the emission of nuclear radiation.

We have already checked about coding surgery CPT codes for Lumbar puncture, lumbar discography, AV fistula, Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, nephrostogram etc. which are quite complicated procedures. But, these procedures do require radiology CPT codes for supervision and interpretation. Hence, 7000 series codes mainly complete the surgery CPT codes. For example, if a thyroid biopsy or FNA is done using ultrasound guidance, the biopsy CPT codes should be reported with ultrasound guidance (76942) as an add-on code. Same procedure is followed with arthrogram and arthrocentesis procedures. If you are expert in coding these procedures cane easily prepare and clear CPC exam from AAPC.

Superb Coding Tips for Normal Pregnancy ICD 10 codes

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From 2016, ICD 10 codes have been implemented and used everywhere. It was thought, that ICD 10 will help in coding specific and correct diagnosis compared to ICD 9. But, due to the complex nature of ICD 10 codes, medical coders are struggling to find the correct ICD 10 code in codebooks. For example, for pregnancy chapter we used to have only codes for complication in ICD 9 but ICD 10 complication codes have been expanded too much. For pregnancy complication, the ICD 10 codes have specific trimester codes. Also, new Z3A category has been added to specify the specific weeks of gestation. If you have used ICD 10 codes from this chapter you will understand the vast difference between ICD 9 and ICD 10. We are here to talk about the criteria required to coding Normal Pregnancy ICD 10 codes.

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Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation ICD 10 coding tips

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Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation (CCAM) occurs due to an abnormality in lung developement. CCAM has different types of lesions from types 0-4.  Some of the lesion are generally associated with the overgrowth of the terminal bronchioles. It is now also called as Congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM). An abnormal growth of cystic lung tissue replaces the entire lobe of lung, which causes CPAM. This leads to malfunction of the normal lung tissue. The cause for CPAM is still unknown. 
Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation ICD 10 coding tips