• 6/25/13 - Ultrasonic Needle Guidance - 76942

    Question: If we place two nerve blocks with the use of ultrasound guidance for both blocks at one patient encounter, can we bill twice for the ultrasound guidance?      Answer: No, don’t attempt to report this service more than once per patient, per day.  The CCI manual 2013 states Medicare “allows one ...

  • 6/4/13 - ICD-9-CM vs. ICD-10-CM

    Question: What are the structural differences between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM? Answer: The examples below show the structural differences between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM.   ICD-9-CM Diagnoses Codes: -  3-5 digits -  First digit is alpha (E or V) or numeric -  Digits 2-5 are numeric -  Decimal is after third digit   Examples: - 496 – Chronic airway obstruction, Not Elsewhere ...