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Beyond Moderate Sedation: Coding for Anesthesia Services

Excerpt: The second in a series of coding articles on the deepening levels of anethesia services. Age, special circumstances, modifers, and the documentation needed are covered, as well as payment examples.
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NCCI Edit Update Effective 1/1/14 Append modifier 25 as appropriate, to any E/M service(s) when you are also reporting pulmonology services (94010-94799) on the same claim. New edits went into effect and will require a modifier to override.

President Obama signed legislation on April 2nd that included a delay to the ICD-10-CM transition until Oct 1, 2015. This is to provide time to better prepare and plan for the transition. If you have already begun to prepare, keep the momentum going, if you have not, consider this the time to begin. The AAP will continue to support you in your transition efforts!

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April 2014
Volume 9, Number 7
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In This Issue
Telehealth: Face-to-face Services From a Distance
Many states have enacted or have pending legislation to increase coverage of the use of technology to bring a specialist to a patient’s bedside or community clinic from a distant location without the need for either party to physically travel. This is telehealth, an expanding solution to the shortage of health care in rural areas. Telehealth may also be referred to as telemedicine, but definitions for each vary by state and payer. Without any consideration of state law or payer policies, telehealth services might be loosely defined as technology-enabled, patient-specific services provided by a physician or practitioner in a distant geographic location to a patient who requires that physician’s expertise.

Transitioning to 10: Documentation of Asthma
Preparing for ICD-10-CM and the various changes to asthma classifications, with tips and a table of documentation elements.

Beyond Moderate Sedation: Coding for Anesthesia Services
The second in a series of coding articles on the deepening levels of anethesia services. Age, special circumstances, modifers, and the documentation needed are covered, as well as payment examples.

AMA RUC Now Publishing Minutes and Vote Counts (Online Exclusive)
An explanation of, and link to, the new AMA policy.

Q&A (Online Exclusive)
Glucose level finger stick as billable service?

AAP Pediatric Coding Newsletter™, April 2014 Quiz (Online Exclusive)
Quiz for AAPC Continuing Education Units

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