07/10/17 | New Category III codes effective Jan 1st, 2018
 

You will want to update your bone marrow aspiration coding for 2018 as well as some adipose-derived cell therapy for hands

New Category III codes effective Jan 1st, 2018
 
07/10/17 | Spinal surgery
 

If you do any spinal surgery you want to be aware of the Medicare changes that are taking place regarding number of levels, number of cages as well as diagnosis issues.

Spinal surgery
 
06/10/16 | CMS starting to list ICD-10s not covered
  Unspecified ICD-10 codes be careful
CMS starting to list ICD-10s not covered
 
07/09/15 | Total joint issues from CMS
  Total joint issues from CMS
Total joint issues from CMS
 
12/31/14 | Holding claims and fee schedule issues for 2015
  Medicare wants claims held starting Jan 1, 2015
Holding claims and fee schedule issues for 2015
 
08/20/14 | Medicare finally catching on that modifier 59 is not enough
 
Medicare finally catching on that modifier 59 is not enough
 
07/22/14 | Keep an eye on your private payer contracts..
 
Keep an eye on your private payer contracts..
 
07/22/14 | Proposed 2015 Fee Schedule is out
 
Proposed 2015 Fee Schedule is out
 
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CCI/CMS has decided to change the current bundling edit status of G0289.  In the 18.3 version of CCI you will see that G0289 has a status indicator 1 meaning a modifier can be used.  In a letter received from CCI it states that if the surgeon is removing loose bodies in a separate compartment than the meniscectomy they can report 29881 and G0289-59.  However they warned that if loose bodies are in the same compartment you can't report G0289.  They also warned that you can't unbundle the chondroplasty as that is still considered bundled per CPT description of 29880/29881.

With this edit change, it will be going retro to Jan 1, 2012, so if you have not billed for your loose bodies in a different compartment, rebill.  If you were denied, rebill for those DOS Jan 1, 2012