AMA Bookstore News, Nov. 15, 2011
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We are pleased to announce that AMA Bookstore News will replace eBookNews beginning with this edition. We've improved the design and broadened the scope of our newsletter with new, easy-to-scan content that helps you get the most out of each edition. Now it's easier than ever to:
- Access promotional offers available only to AMA Bookstore News subscribers
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- Find new practice tools and solutions that help you manage your business
- Hear insights from AMA publishers about planned events and resources
We hope you'll enjoy this month's issue and welcome your feedback. Your insights help us keep our publications and clinical solutions timely and relevant.
Ready to make the transition from a paper claims process to an electronic process? Review your workflow in advance, to identify any processes that must change. Reimbursement Management provides tips and tools for designing workflow solutions that work.
Solely for the purpose of distinguishing between new and established patients, professional services are those face-to-face services rendered by a physician and reported by a specific code(s). A new patient is one who has not received any professional services from the physician or another physician of the same specialty who belongs to the same group practice within the past three years.
Use code 92002 for ophthalmological services: medical examination and evaluation with initiation of diagnostic and treatment program; intermediate, new patient and code 92004 for comprehensive, new patient, 1 or more visits.
Question: Is it appropriate to report CPT code 37202 for -chemotherapy infusions?
Answer: No. CPT code 37202, Transcatheter therapy, infusion other than for thrombolysis, any type (eg, spasmolytic, vasoconstrictive), describes an arterial infusion of a nonchemotherapeutic medication directly into an artery to treat the artery for diseases or conditions (eg, vasospasm) other than thrombosis. This code should not be used to report intravenous infusions, arterial push injections, or chemotherapy infusions (96401-96425).
Get the CPT Assistant Newsletter for more coding Q&A, tips and interpretations!
An essential resource for diagnostic and procedural coding
Developed for medical coders, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology for ICD-10-CM/PCS helps make sense of the new ICD-10-CM and PCS systems and identifies their differences.
- Advanced understanding of anatomy, body systems and disease processes
- Quizzes at the end of each chapter
- Detailed color, full-page anatomy illustrations
Final privacy, security, breach notification and enforcement rules will be published in the Federal Register during 2011. Once published, your office will only have 240 days to achieve compliance. This quick turnaround requires immediate renewed attention to your office’s policies and procedures.
Did you know? According to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as of Aug. 17, 2011, there have been almost 11.6 million individuals impacted by 300 breaches affecting a minimum of 500 individuals per breach. Approximately three out of four of these breaches involve electronic media and about 18 percent involve a business associate of a covered entity.
Training your workforce is easy! Visit AMA HIPAA School to learn about online courses that will train your workforce on HIPAA and HITECH regulations and serve as proof of compliance.
Meet Susan Garrison at the CPT® Changes 2012 and ICD-10-CM Preparation Workshops. Along with speaking at this year's workshops, Garrison is the author of Understanding Medicare's NCCI and Fundamentals of Coding, Payment, and Documentation.
As Executive Vice President of Med Law Advisors, Inc. and Executive Director of the Association of Health Care Auditors and Educators (AHCAE), Garrison has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of Documentation, Coding, Billing, Litigation Support, Expert Witness Services, Revenue Enhancement, Revenue Cycle Operations and Professional Communications.
She is a nationally acclaimed and highly sought speaker, having presented hundreds of educational sessions for professional organizations, teaching university health systems, healthcare providers of all sizes and payors.
Learn about critical code changes to CPT® 2012 and prepare for the transition to ICD-10-CM with two helpful workshops. Sign up today to reserve your spot!
Would you be able to recognize a Class A biological agent? In October 2001, for the first time in US history, an act of terror using inhalation anthrax took place in Palm Beach County, Florida. If you are charged with creating and operating public health epidemic response systems, learn to recognize these agents. Bioterrorism: Guidelines for Medical and Public Health Management can help.