New CPT Code Issued for Influenza Billing

The American Medical Association has issued a new Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code for influenza vaccine Flucelvax. The code — CPT 90674 — went into effect on August 1, 2016, for Medicare claims. However, as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services states, Medicare claims processing systems will not be able to accept the new […]

CMS Revises JW Modifier Use Policy

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a change in policy regarding the use of the -JW modifier for discarded Part B drugs and biologicals. The -JW modifier identifies “Drug amount discarded/Not administered to any patient.” Effective Jan. 1, 2017, providers will be required to: use the -JW modifier for claims with […]

Do You Understand the New Modifier -CT Reporting Guidelines?

In an MLN Matters article published late last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) discussed the creation of modifier -CT (computed tomography services furnished using equipment that does not meet each of the attributes of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) XR-29-2013 standard). Effective for claims submitted on or after January 1, […]

Free Oncology Billing and Coding Resource: 2016 Update From ASCO

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has published a free, downloadable resource that identifies oncology billing and coding updates for 2016. Topics discussed include the following: New CPT codes (99415 and 99416) Radiation oncology CPT updates New HCPCS codes (J8655, J7508 and J7503) Deleted HCPCS codes Filgrastim HCPCS updates Chemotherapy drugs (replacements) HCPCS codes […]

Improve Your Coding in 2016: 5 Tools to Use

Proper medical coding is critical for many reasons. They include receiving proper payment for services rendered, limiting denials and maintaining compliance with payor rules. Throughout 2015, PGM Billing launched a number of practice management tools that help ensure proper coding. These tools are free to access and use, and can be shared with coworkers and […]

CMS Issues 2016 HCPCS Update

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted its final Level II HCPCS application determinations for 2016. Level II of the HCPCS is a standardized coding system that is used primarily to identify products, supplies and services not included in the CPT-4 codes, such as ambulance services and durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, […]

FAQs About CPT Coding and Reimbursement for Psychiatrists

Following substantial changes to the current procedural terminology (CPT) psychiatry codes, the American Psychiatric Association updated its frequently asked questions (FAQs) about coding and reimbursement for psychiatrists. The update occurred in March. If your organization performs mental health billing and coding, these FAQs may be a valuable resource to review. The following are the questions […]

Latest Issue of ACR Radiology Coding Source Includes Guidance on Lung Cancer Screening, Modifier Use

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 […]