Archive November 2008 IX, No. 11

Coding & Billing

21 Little-known CPT Coding Tips

Lolita Jones, RHIA, CCS

BIO

Yes, CPT coding is an intricate and very specific procedure. Failing to select the right five-digit code that accurately describes a service or procedure your physician performed gets you a one-way ticket to Denied Claimsville. How do your coders reconcile differences between physician's notes and terminology used in CPT code descriptions? For more than 15 years, the American Medical Association, which owns and maintains the CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) codes, has published guidelines in its CPT Assistant newsletters that do just that. But if your coders aren't seeing and correctly applying guidelines such as these we've assembled below, they're costing your facility money. OSM

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