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When should you report primary vs. add-on codes? Do you know the difference between complete and limited scans? If you are in a hospital or professional setting, which documentation guidelines do you need to follow? If these are the kinds of questions that leave you baffled, you really need to get your hands-on our Ultrasound Coder!

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Find the codes you need for diagnostic & interventional ultrasound procedures

As healthcare continues to evolve with advancing technologies for both diagnostic and interventional ultrasound procedures, so do their coding and documentation requirements which present confusion to many in the field. Regardless of your facility setting of hospital or professional (physician), or if you offer services in both, the Ultrasound Coder will provide you the answers to questions such as: What is the appropriate use of modifier 59 with ultrasound procedures? How do you code for intravascular ultrasound? What are the coding guidelines for complete vs. limited scans? Along with many more.

The Ultrasound Coder will guide 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, mini-case studies, and frequently asked questions and answers, 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? What are the appropriate codes for soft tissue ultrasounds? 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 Ultrasound Coder book. Don’t struggle with ultrasound coding any longer!

Features and Benefits

  • Updated with NEW information, including:
    • New code revisions for 76881 and 76882
    • 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, along with guidance on appropriate use for NCCI edits
  • 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
    • How to avoid over-coding for soft tissue ultrasound

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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.

We estimate that our books will ship to our customers in December, and we will keep you informed of the shipping date. If you have any questions, please contact support@medlearnmedia.com.

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