Update: New CPT® Category I Codes Released for SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus Disease [COVID-19]) Antibody Testing

Posted Posted in Insights, Laboratory

Continuing their quick response as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the American Medical Association (AMA) held another special meeting of the CPT® Editorial Panel to address the immediate need for codes to report and track antibody testing specifically for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes the disease COVID-19). Effective April 10, 2020, the AMA has approved the […]

Specimen Collection for COVID-19 Testing – Payment Updates

Posted Posted in Insights, Laboratory

Under the recently released Interim Final Rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), payment rules for specimen collection are changing for the public health emergency (PHE) caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. With this change, CMS will provide payment to independent laboratories, under certain circumstances, for specimen collection from home-bound beneficiaries or inpatients […]

Genitourinary IR – Same Procedure, Different Terms

Posted Posted in Insights, Interventional Radiology

With interventional radiology procedures, to say physician documentation can be a little tricky is an understatement. For genitourinary procedures specifically, this seems even more apparent. It’s not uncommon for different physicians to describe the same procedure in different ways and, with some terms used interchangeably (that have very different meanings) it can be frustrating for anyone coding genitourinary services. Let’s […]

Update: New CPT® Category I Code Released for SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus Disease [COVID-19]) Testing

Posted Posted in Laboratory

Effective March 13, 2020, the American Medical Association (AMA) has approved and released a new CPT code to report testing for COVID-19 after holding a special meeting of the CPT Editorial Panel to respond to the rapidly evolving concerns surrounding testing for this novel coronavirus. The goal with the expedited release of this new code […]

Radiology 2020 Deleted Codes Crosswalk

Posted Posted in Radiology

Quick reference for radiology – which codes have been deleted and which have been introduced, or revised, to replace them For 2020, there were numerous changes to the Radiology Section of the CPT® manual. As always, it’s critical to ensure all staff have a complete understanding of the changes impacting radiology – which includes knowing […]