Coding Guidance for Common ASC Specialties
Understand the rules behind the codes
BY MANDEARA FRYE
Successful coding requires ASC coders to understand the rules concerning their ASCs’ specialties and the procedures within those specialties. Individual specialties and procedures have their own unique coding rules.
Let us examine some of the quirkier and more confusing coding rules associated with common ASC specialties: gastroenterology, ophthalmology, orthopedics and pain management.
When coding esophageal dilations, read the operative report to determine the type of esophageal dilation performed. Some common CPT choices include the following:
- 43248—Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) with insertion of guidewire followed by passage of dilator through esophagus over guide wire