03/05/18 | Total knee arthroplasty (27447) removed from Inpatient only list – causing confusion
 

You may have been experiencing feedback from a facility when trying to schedule your total knee replacements as inpatients. 

Total knee arthroplasty (27447) removed from Inpatient only list – causing confusion
 
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..
 
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You’ll find 251 revised and 151 new Category I codes in your CPT 2013 manual. There are also about 100 codes have been deleted. Many of the revised codes are in the EM section where they have added the term "qualified health care professionals” to a code’s descriptor. 

In the MS section we did get some new spine; revised total shoulder and revised total elbow.  In the NCS section you will find all new codes inthe 959XX range and the deletion of the code for intraoperative monitoring which has been replaced with two codes - one for 'in-house' and the other for 'off-site'

Waiting to see what the guideline changes have been and hopefully better clarification will be supplied regarding some of the shoulder and knee as well as spine changes from 2012.

Stay tune for more updates and watch for the newsletters which will also have further details