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2019 Essentials of Interventional Radiology Coding

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Accurate IR coding starts with a solid understanding of how IR procedures are performed and how to decipher physician documentation — exactly what you'll learn from this essential resource.

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Get a firm grasp of the fundamentals behind accurate IR coding

Whether you're a clinical or non-clinical staff member, experienced or new coder — if you want to expand your understanding of interventional radiology coding, this is the book for you! Not only do you get the "how to" code, but the "why" behind the correct code assignments, from in-depth explanations of IR procedures, to help with interpreting physician documentation.

Features and Benefits:

Clearly and concisely, our IR coding experts cover many essential concepts, such as:

  • Descriptions of IR procedures, including both diagnostic exams and therapeutic interventions, as well as vascular angiography and interventions, and how each one is performed
  • Corresponding CPT®/HCPCS code descriptions and coding guidelines for each procedure; covers code assignments by both hospital (technical) and physician (professional) entities
  • Explanations of any applicable add-on, radiological S&I and imaging guidance codes, with guidelines for use
  • Critical elements in physician documentation that lead to correct code assignments
  • Guidance with IR coding concepts, including component, hybrid, bundled, arterial, venous, selective, non-selective and order of selectivity
  • Overviews of other must-know topics: diagnostic vs. therapeutic procedures, physician vs. hospital coding, Medicare payments and coding guidelines, CPT coding basics and much more

New and expanded content for 2019:

  • Encompasses many new, deleted and revised codes for reporting procedures, including:
    • Fine needle aspiration biopsy
    • Knee arthrography
    • PICC line (with update to CVA guidelines)
    • Urinary tract dilation
    • Gastrostomy tube replacement
  • Revisions to IR coding guidelines for percutaneous mechanical thrombectomy and MR guidance, plus editorial revision for intracranial vasospasm with imaging
  • New details on the different types of endoleaks, to assist with deciphering physician documentation
  • New section on evaluation and management — which services should (and should not) be reported
  • From questions received throughout the year, expanded guidance pertaining to intracranial venous stenting, sacroplasty, 3D post-processing and vein ablations

A proven approach to effective learning and quick reference for busy professionals:

  • Content is organized by nonvascular and vascular IR, and then by body system and procedure type
  • Anatomical illustrations showing common procedures and the corresponding CPT codes
  • At the end of each chapter, full dictated reports with highlighted key phrases that lead to correct code assignments

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