From common to complex procedures – resolve questions and avoid costly mistakes.
Just one misapplied code or insufficient documentation mistake coding for CT and MR procedures can significantly impact payments and compliance.
As healthcare continues to evolve with rapidly expanding technologies, challenges with coding guidelines and documentation requirements become more complex. Plus, the sheer volume of CT and MR procedures being performed makes it critical to ensure charges are being captured, completely and compliantly.
The CT/MR Coder, whether in a hospital or professional (physician) setting, will guide you through coding for a full range of procedures – CT, CTA, CTC, MRI, MRA, MRS, MRV – with procedure and code descriptions, documentation requirements, guidelines, tips, FAQ’s, and case examples to bring you quickly and accurately to the correct codes.
You know that CT and MR codes are some of the most commonly used, yet can be among the most difficult to assign. The CT/MR Coder walks you through the most common questions and challenges, such as; What documentation is necessary to code and bill for 3D rendering? What are the key distinctions when coding for CTA vs. CT? What are the rules for coding combined MRI and MRA procedures? What is the correct CPT® code for CT/CTA of the heart? How do you code multiple joint MRI’s in the same extremity? Resolve these questions and more right here and avoid costly errors!
Features and Benefits
- Updated with NEW information, including:
- Expanded guidance and additional case examples for:
- CT head and neck
- CT/CTA abdomen and pelvis
- CT/CTA chest and coronary arteries
- MRI head, neck and brain
- CT guidance procedures
- 3D Rendering
- Low dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screenings for independent diagnostic testing facilities (IDTFs)
- Updated information on contrast materials, pass through status, the JW modifier and guidance with CCI instructions
- Step-by-step through coding for a full range of CT and MR procedures, including CTA, CTC, MRI, MRA, MRS and MRV
- Easy to navigate — codes are grouped by body system (e.g., head and neck) and then by code sequence
- Covers code assignments by both hospital (technical) and physician (professional) entities
- Each section includes:
- Procedure definitions with corresponding CPT®/HCPCS codes
- Coding guidelines and billing tips
- Payment tables with codes, MPFS status and RVUs and OPPS APC information and payment rates
- Case examples
- Special help with common areas of confusion and noncompliance, such as:
- Key distinctions when coding for CTA vs. CT procedures
- Coding for 3D post-processing, what’s required and when it can be charged
- Billing of concurrent MRA and MRI procedures
- Coding for contrast materials and hydration therapy
- Physician documentation to support medical necessity
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For certain MedLearn Publishing publications, you will see an 'AMA Royalty Fee' in your shopping cart. This charge covers the licensing fee MedLearn Publishing pays to the American Medical Association (AMA) for references to CPT® codes. The AMA owns the copyright for CPT codes.
The final rules for the 2018 Medicare outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) dictate the publishing dates for our books. In previous years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have issued these final rules in early November of the previous year (November 2017), and the updating process for our books begins.