DecisionHealth's Anesthesia & Pain Answers

 

Here are the updates and additions for the 1st Quarter of 2017. . .

Chapter

Description of changes

Ambulatory Surgery Centers Watch out for ambulatory surgery center payment indicator N1.
Anesthesia Overview Status changes, new codes in 2017 ASA manual.
Diagnosis Coding Don't break down when you encounter nonunion diagnosis of the vertebra.
Fluoroscopy and Epidurography Match add-on imaging codes to the primary pain block.
Translaminar Epidural Injections Check compliance with new codes.html.

 

Here are the updates and additions for the 4th Quarter of 2016. . .

Chapter

Description of changes

Cancelled Anesthesia Cancelled service Q & A.
Diagnosis Coding New pain management codes in first ICD-10-CM update.
Diagnosis Coding New guidelines effective Oct. 1, 2016.
Evaluation and Management Services 5 ways to avoid downcoding of established patient visits.

Here are the updates and additions for the 3rd Quarter of 2016. . .

Chapter

Description of changes

Bilateral Procedures The full descriptor gives coding clues.
Medically Unlikely Edits MUE vs. CCI Q & A.
Medically Unlikely Edits MUE adjudication indicators Q & A.
Medically Unlikely Edits MUEs with bilateral services Q & A.
Modifiers Get Paid for Physical Status Modifiers P3 - P5.
Place of Service Use POS 19 for off campus outpatient locations.

Here are the updates and additions for the 2nd Quarter of 2016. . .

Chapter

Description of changes

Caudal Epidural Injections Typical diagnoses.
Pump Implants Typical diagnoses.
Stimulator Implants Typical diagnoses.
Transforaminal Epidural Injections Typical diagnoses.
Translaminar Epidural Injections Typical diagnoses.
Transesophageal Echocardiology ASA guidance on 3-D TEE.

Here are the updates and additions for the 1st Quarter of 2016. . .

Chapter

Description of changes

Correct Coding Initiative - CCI Highlights from the 2016 CCI manual.
Correct Coding Initiative - CCI CCI 22.1 - drug screen pairs, retroactive deletions.
Drug Screen Coding Overview.
Drug Screen Coding Compare 2015, 2016 drug screen codes.
Drug Screen Coding Descriptors, estimated payments in 2016.
Drug Screen Coding 5 drug screen FAQs.
Facet Joint and Medial Branch Injections Medical necessity for MBBs.
Post-op Pain Blocks 4 POP block FAQs.
Quality Reporting Measures selection made simple.