Here are three tips for coding and billing common OB/GYN procedures.
1. Know coding updates.
In 2014, the American Medical Association released 335 changes to its Current Procedural Terminology code set. Amongst these changes were code additions. “Category III code 0336T is a new code for laparoscopy, surgical, ablation of uterine fibroid(s), including intraoperative ultrasound guidance and monitoring, radiofrequency which has been added to the Medicare ASC List for 2014 with an average Medicare payment of $4,671,” said Stephanie Ellis, RN, CPC, president of Ellis Medical Consulting, in a Becker’s ASC Review article.
Keeping abreast of coding updates ensures that claims will not be unnecessarily denied and maximizes reimbursement. The CPT changes for 2015 will go into effect Jan. 1, 2015.