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    Is your practice ready for 2009 coding changes?


    DEVELOP A PLAN, ASSIGNING TIMELINES AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR EACH AREA.
    Wait! Don't turn that page! This isn't going to be just another article about coding changes that may or may not pertain to you. There's some great stuff in here—even if your specialty won't be affected by Current Procedural Terminology updates.







    EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT
    In addition to preparing for the 2009 CPT/HCPCS coding changes from the American Medical Association and incorporating ICD-9 changes from October, there are many additional responsibilities to consider: closing out the year on your practice management system; putting the finishing touches on your 2009 budget; boxing up and storing 2008 records; updating changes to your job descriptions, policies, and processes to reflect any personnel assignments; HR requirements; and regulatory changes for the new year.





    ANESTHESIOLOGY
    Let's face it: It's a busy time of year.





    SURGERY
    Since this is the season for making lists, we decided to start with a checklist that can serve as your starting point.

    WHAT CODING CHANGES APPLY TO US?





    RADIOLOGY
    For CPT 2009, there are 291 new codes, 375 revised codes, and 95 deleted codes. Significant additions, deletions, and revisions have occurred in the sections relating to pediatric and neonatal critical care services, administration of vaccines and toxoids, cardiac monitoring, infusion, chemotherapy administration, diagnostic injection, and the treatment of end-stage renal disease.





    PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY
    In addition, there have been numerous clarifications of "commonly used definitions," "cross-referencing," and "section guidelines" to eliminate or reduce misinterpretation. For instance, added to "definitions of commonly used terms" under evaluation and management is the phrase "other qualified health-care professionals." Make certain to read the instructions carefully at the beginning of each section, even if the section contains codes that have not changed. In addition to added, deleted, or revised codes, there are numerous grammatical revisions without cross-referencing.





    MEDICINE
    The following code revisions were provided by the American Medical Association.





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    Virginia Martin, CPC, CHBC
    The author, president of Healthcare Consulting Associates of N.W. Ohio Inc., has more than 30 years' experience as a practice management ...

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