Will big changes to device monitoring codes mean big payments for you?
CPT 2009 will effectively overhaul the way we report many of the most commonly performed cardiology services. At the same time, it introduces new services and new terminology that will baffle the most experienced of cardiology coders. Nationally recognized speaker,Jim Collins, CCC, CPC, CHCC, ACS-CA
, will effectively illustrate the impact of the changes and provide clear guidance regarding how you should report these services in the New Year.
In this 60-min CD, we’ll explore many of the areas in which the 2009 code revisions will facilitate the opposite of the desired outcomes: the changes appear to present us with more challenges than benefits, revenue for many of our most common services will be slashed, many services that we were allowed to bill for in 2008 will be considered bundled services in 2009.
Excited to see the new codes? Hold on to your hat; the reimbursement amounts that have been assigned to them may make you long for the “good old” days of using unlisted codes. We’ll also summarize those areas in which additional guidance is still required from specialty societies, Medicare, and the American Medical Association.Topics covered:
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- Echocardiography will be reported under a completely new “paradigm” in 2009; we’ll provide clear-cut guidelines and examples
- All of the pacemaker and defibrillator interrogation service codes we’ve been using for years have been deleted and replaced with an obscure new set of codes; we’ll break them down into logical categories and show you the coding rules that must soon be followed
- Get the scoop regarding the new mobile cardiovascular telemetry codes, what services you’ll have to provide for free, and how to secure proper payment for those services that you are allowed to bill for
- CPT 2009 introduces new terminology and re-defines some terms we’ve been using in a different manner for years. You’ll get coder-friendly explanations of all these new terms along with real-life examples of when the new terms will apply: multiple lead system, iterative adjustments, remote interrogation, programming interrogation, physiologic data, and much more
- Traditional hydration infusion codes are replaced with newer, more user-friendly options.
Discover the tremendous opportunity presented by a minor revision to the code definitions for the “Welcome to Medicare” electrocardiogramsAbout the Speaker
Jim Collins, CCC, CPC, CHCC, ACS-CA is the President of CardiologyCoder.Com, Inc. Mr. Collins has extensive cardiovascular billing experience and provides in-depth consulting, auditing, and training services to cardiologists nationwide. He is the Chairman of the Board for the American Academy of Professional Coders cardiology specialty coding credential; Certified Cardiology Coder (CCC).