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Pulmonology Best Practices: Learn About 2018 CPT® Coding Updates for Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

As pulmonology practices update their billing system for 2018, it’s a good time to take stock of any new payment values effective Jan. 1. On Nov. 2, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) released its Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, with 1,250 pages of materials covering new payment policies and rates for 2018. Is your practice aware of these adjustments?

  • Chest X-Ray Section of CPT® Gets Big Makeover
  • Find Updates for Pulmonary Stress Testing Codes
  • Prep Now for New Cryoablation Therapy Code
  • Check for Bronchoscopy Revisions to Your Coding Toolkit
  • Update Lab Test, Needle Introduction Codes
  • Subtle Language Change to Observation Codes 99217-99220


Need help? Turn to Pulmonology Coding Alert. We’re here to keep your practice informed, compliant, and profitable.

Subscribing to Pulmonology Coding Alert (24 AAPC CEUs) means you don’t have to face these challenges alone. With this newsletter you will learn about the changes that are going to impact your payments. You will learn about new, revised and deleted CPT® codes for pulmonary and sleep medicine and get all the tips and advice you need to avoid denials and secure maximum reimbursements from Medicare as well as private insurance companies.

Here are just some of the stories you’ll discover in Pulmonology Coding Alert:

  • Stay tuned to 2018 CPT® code updates for pulmonary and sleep medicine
  • Observe descriptor changes to hospital observation codes
  • Don’t miss updates to therapeutic aspiration of tracheobronchial tree codes that may majorly affect your payment for subsequent aspirations
  • Take note of new parenthetical notes added for catheter aspiration of tracheobronchial tree in certain circumstances
  • Chest x-rays make their way out for a new system of codes. Know the reason behind the change and codes you need to use effective Jan. 1.
  • How will the verbiage change in ultrasound code 76000 impact your billings?
  • Nail “High Dose” flu shots reporting and reimbursement
  • Will updates to pulmonary stress and exercise testing codes alter your billing?
  • Dig into new section of diagnoses for tobacco use disorders
  • This BCBS payer just slashed modifier 25 pay. Get details
  • E/M coding: Still billing consults? Differentiate from transfer of care with these tips
  • Know when balance write-offs are the right choice
  • Compliance: 3 recent cases show pulmonology fraud vulnerabilities


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