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12, 24, and 48 hour services all have roles in this coding shake-up.
Cardiology codes are always changing, trying to keep pace with technology and current practice. For this reason, Holter monitor codes saw big changes this year. Here’s what you need to know.
Start With a Nutshell Holter Service Description
Dynamic electrocardiography (ECG), also called Holter monitoring, involves ECG recording, usually over 24 hours. The goal is to obtain and analyze a record of the patient’s ECG activity during a typical day. The medical record usually will include the reason for the test, copies of ECG strips showing abnormalities or symptomatic episodes, the patient’s diary of symptoms, statistics for abnormal episodes, the physician’s interpretation, and documentation of recording times.
Understand Your Newly Reduced Coding Options
In 2010, you chose among the following code ranges for these services:
- 93224-93227, Wearable electrocardiographic rhythm derived monitoring for 24 hours by continuous original waveform recording and storage, with visual superimposition scanning
- 93230-93233, Wearable electrocardiographic rhythm derived monitoring for 24 hours by continuous original waveform recording and storage without superimposition scanning utilizing a device capable of producing a full miniaturized printout
- 93235-93237, Wearable electrocardiographic rhythm derived monitoring for 24 hours by continuous computerized monitoring and non-continuous recording, and real-time data analysis using a device capable of producing intermittent full-sized waveform tracings, possibly patient activated
In 2011, your coding options have changed. A new note under 93229 tells you “93230-93237 have been deleted. To report external electrocardiographic rhythm derived monitoring for up to 48 hours, see 93224-93227.” CPT® Changes 2011: An Insider’s View states that 93224-93227 have been revised to accommodate reporting the services described by 93230-93233 and 93235-93237.
Eliminate ‘uncertain behavior’ confusion with expert tips
If you always use diagnosis code 238.2 (Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of skin) when you’re reporting 11100 (Biopsy of skin, subcutaneous tissue and/or mucous membrane [including simple closure], unless otherwise listed; single lesion) for a biopsy procedure your surgeon performs, you’re setting your practice up for disaster. The key to knowing when to use the “uncertain behavior” diagnosis code is understanding what that code descriptor really means. Follow these expert tips to ensure you’re choosing the correct diagnosis code for all your 11100 claims.
Wait For Pathology Before Choosing a Code
When your general surgeon performs a biopsy you should always wait until the pathology report comes back to choose the proper diagnosis and procedure codes to report – even though this will not always affect the CPT code you will wind up choosing.
Reason: The biopsy specimen’s pathology will affect the ICD-9 code you report, but most CPT procedure codes are not based on the specimen’s results. “There are a few CPT codes which are linked to specific diagnoses (for instance, excision of benign and malignant lesions), but overall CPT is about what you did; ICD-9 is about the outcome or the reason for it,” says Marcella Bucknam, CPC, CCS-P, CPC-H, CCS, CPC-P, COBGC, CCC, manager of compliance education for the University of Washington Physicians Compliance Program in Seattle.
Get to Know the Meaning Behind ‘Uncertain’ Codes
When you report 238.2 as the diagnosis for a biopsy procedure, you’re telling the payer that the pathologist said in his path report that he was uncertain as to the morphology of the lesion, says Barbara J. Cobuzzi, MBA, CPC, CENTC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, CHCC, president of CRN Healthcare Solutions, a coding and reimbursement consulting firm in Tinton Falls, N.J., and senior coder and auditor for…
Don’t let rumors of few ICD-9 changes in prep for ICD-10 blindside you to top diagnosis changes for 2011. Without the scoop on expansion to the 488, 784, and 787 categories, denials for invalid codes will derail your claims delaying your payments.
In ICD-9 2011, “Codes continue to become more and more specific necessitating a provider to document clearly and thoroughly to allow for selection of the most specific and accurate code,” says Jennifer Swindle, RHIT, CCS-P, CEMC, CFPC, CCP-P, PCS, Director Coding & Compliance Division, PivotHealth, LLC.
Good news: Updating your ICD-9 coding by the Oct. 1, 2010, effective date doesn’t have to be a chore. Start using your new choices in no time flat following these guidelines.
Look at Manifestation When Assigning “Swine Flu” Dx
This fall, when a patient has H1N1 (“swine flu”) pay attention to two details. The medical record will have to identify the correct influenza and you will have to capture the appropriate manifestation to select the codes to the degree of specificity now required, Swindle points out.
With the change “category 488 (Influenza due to certain identified influenza viruses) would mirror the structure of category 487 (Influenza),” according to the Summary of March 2010 ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meeting. The current 488.x sub-category didn’t provide the level of detail that category 487 (Influenza) does.
Change: There will be “tremendous expansion of the H1N1 category,” Swindle explains. ICD-9 2011 deletes 488.0 and 488.1 and adds six new five-digit codes. New codes 488.0x (Influenza due to identified avian influenza virus) and 488.1x (Influenza due to identified novel H1N1 influenza virus) allow you “to uniquely capture pneumonia, other respiratory manifestations, and other manifestations occurring with these types of influenza,” states the summary.
If you’ve been worrying that the oncologist’s illegible signature on an order is going to come back to haunt your practice in an audit, CMS has offered
ED coders that have never heard of “incident-to” billing have nothing to worry about, as you cannot code for “incident-to” services in the hospital. Coders that don’t understand…