Changes to Medicare Infusion and Injection Coding

I just came across a very interesting web site that should proove to be very helpful to those working in medical coding and billing. I found it while surfing the Internet to find any new rules and important changes in coding and billing.

The article is published at Medical News today and titled: Medicare Infusion and Injection Coding/Payment Changes 2005. Here is a brief summary followed by the URL link to the web page so you can read the full article:

There are new rules and regulations that will affect the way healthcare providers code infectious diseases and reimbursement for office-based outpatient infusions and injections provided to Medicare patients.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a series of new temporary "G" codes that replace current infusion codes (90780 and 90781) and other injection codes as of January 1, 2005. The 2006 CPT Manual will incorporate these G codes and make them permanent. These new CPT codes will be published in fall of 2005. While the new infusion codes will make billing more complex, they also describe the work being performed more accurately, which should be beneficial in the long-term.

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