Essentials of Interventional Radiology Coding FY20Q1 Update

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Thank you for being a valued subscriber to Essentials of Interventional Radiology Coding for 2020. As you know, IR continues to face challenges when it comes to coding and compliance, we are eager to tackle those challenges together. We put all our energy into making sure your resources offer the most current and complete solutions […]

Vascular IR Fundamentals – Building a Foundation for a New Year

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As you know, coding for vascular angiography and interventions is complicated. Adding to the challenge, it is open to interpretation (hello often unclear documentation!) and tends to change frequently making for a problematic mix that places even the most experienced coders under pressure. Coders must be fully up to speed regarding current code choices and […]

FNA biopsy: 10 things to know about the new codes

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With recent significant changes in the fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy code family, let’s review a few key takeaways. Prior to this year, there were two CPT® codes describing FNA biopsy: 10021 (fine needle aspiration; without imaging guidance) and 10022 (fine needle aspiration; with imaging guidance). These codes were fairly straightforward. If an FNA biopsy […]

Ultrasound Guidance for Vascular Access: Can I Charge for That?

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+76937 Ultrasound guidance for vascular access requiring ultrasound evaluation of potential access sites, documentation of selected vessel patency, concurrent real-time ultrasound visualization of vascular needle entry, with permanent recording and reporting (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) Ultrasound guidance is often used to locate and gain entry into the access vessel for […]

Arch, Carotid and Vertebral Angiography: A Quick Review

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The concept behind bundled codes is not new to anyone familiar with coding for interventional radiology procedures, and it’s no surprise that complete codes (including catheterization and imaging) exist for arch, carotid and vertebral angiography–CPT® codes 36221-36228. Like other code sets, these codes are built on a hierarchy, meaning the lower numbered codes are valued […]