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    Coding & Billing

    Coding of Procedures in Interventional Nephrology

    Developed in conjunction with the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology (ASDIN), this document assists the nephrologist in adhering to the most appropriate coding practices for the highly complex series of interventional nephrology procedures.


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    Coding and Billing Seminars

    Nephrology coding and billing is quite complex and requires an in-depth understanding of federal guidelines and requirements, as well as variations in local carrier coverage determinations (LCDs). During these seminars, participants will learn which CPT codes to use for various scenarios and which ICD-9 codes to use for various diagnoses. Participants will also learn not only the basic guidelines applicable to all internal medicine physician practices, but specifically how to apply these basics to the complex kidney disease patient coding scenarios. Requirements described in the 2010 Medicare Fee Schedule will be addressed.

    Coding Changes

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services frequently issues changes that affect Medicare Part B billing and coding. This section includes changes relating to the use of ICD-9 diagnosis codes, CPT codes and clarification of issues addressed in publications such as Medlearns Matters articles.