Medical Billing and Coding Healthcare Blog

The January/February 2015 issue of the American College of Radiology's (ACR) Radiology Coding Source is now available, and it discusses many topics that should be of interest to any organization that performs lab billing and coding.

The current issue, released late February, includes the following:

  • Answers provided by ACR to questions about Medicare requirements, standards and reimbursement terms for low-dose CT lung cancer screening
  • Analysis of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' decision to delete the NCCI edit for the code pair 77063/77052
  • Recommendations on how providers should submit claims for four code pairs code with both modifiers -GG and -59 to bypass NCCI edits
  • Discussion of the importance of imaging services appearing in the Office of Inspector General's 2015 Work Plan
  • Resources and links to help ensure radiology practices remain current and in compliance with coding and policy guidelines

To access the January/February 2015 issue of Radiology Coding Source, click here.

Practice Central has published a new article that discusses noteworthy 2015 coding changes for psychologists who bill Medicare.

Practice Central is a service of the APA Practice Organization, a companion organization to the American Psychological Association (APA).

The article begins with a discussion about new submodifiers for modifier -59 — XE (separate encounter), XP (separate practitioner), XS (separate structure) and XU (unusual non-overlapping service) — and whether they affect testing codes.

The column then discusses CPT changes affecting developmental screenings and brief behavioral assessments, specifically CPT codes 96110 and 96127.

To access this Practice Central article, click here.

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