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When should you report primary vs. add-on codes? Do you know the difference between complete and limited abdominal/retroperitoneal scans? If these are the kinds of questions that leave you baffled, you really need to get your hands-on Ultrasound Coder for 2018!

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Why risk noncompliance due to confusion?

Ultrasound presents one of the most confusing areas of medicine to coders — which is precisely why so many hospitals and physician practices rely on this authoritative and practical resource to stay compliant. They trust our ultrasound coding experts for instruction, interpretation and tips, and you can, too.

The 2018 edition of Ultrasound Coder guides you through a full range of procedures, including diagnostic ultrasound, ultrasound guidance procedures, fetal and non-fetal echocardiography, noninvasive vascular ultrasound and intravascular ultrasound. With features like at-a-glance coding charts, quick billing tips and mini-case studies, you'll promptly find the essential information you need to do your job as accurately and efficiently as possible.

As you know, ultrasound coding comes with a lot of challenging questions — which translates to a high risk for noncompliance. For example, with no specific CPT®-defined code, how do you correctly report FAST exams? Which CPT code should you use for ankle brachial index (ABI) assessments? Do you know when to use OB vs. non-OB ultrasound codes? Do you have the required documentation to support billing for duplex ultrasound studies?

So many questions, and just one place to go for answers: our 2018 Ultrasound Coder book. Don't struggle with ultrasound coding any longer!

New for 2018

  • Updated with new tips, guidance and payment information for 2018
  • Expanded guidance with additional case examples for:
    • Extremity ultrasounds
    • Transvaginal ultrasound
    • Ultrasound guidance and IVUS
    • Breast, scrotal and thyroid exams
    • FAST exams
  • Updated information on contrast materials, pass-through status and the JW modifier

Features and Benefits

  • Step-by-step through coding for a full range of ultrasound procedures, including diagnostic ultrasound, ultrasound guidance procedures, echocardiography (fetal and non-fetal), noninvasive vascular diagnostic studies and intravascular ultrasound
  • Easy to navigate — codes are grouped by body system (e.g., head and neck) and then by CPT code sequence
  • Covers code assignments by both hospital (technical) and physician (professional) entities
  • Each section includes:
    • General coding guidelines
    • Table with the appropriate CPT/HCPCS codes, modifier information, RVUs and hospital OPPS payment rates
    • Definition of each procedure with its corresponding CPT code
    • Billing tips
  • Case studies throughout the book help reinforce coding and billing instruction
  • Special help with common areas of confusion and noncompliance, such as:
    • Coding for non-invasive peripheral duplex and Doppler vascular procedures, including ankle brachial index (ABI) assessments
    • Coding and documentation for complete vs. limited abdominal/retroperitoneal scans, as well as OB ultrasound
    • Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy and device placement, including when you should report primary vs. add-on codes

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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.

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