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CPT® Coding Essentials for Cardiology & Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017



CPT® Coding Essentials for Cardiology & Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017

Optimized for medical necessity and reimbursement understanding, this all-in-one resource focuses on
the most important CPT and HCPCS codes for cardiology and vascular surgery, plus medicine and ancillary
services codes chosen by experts who have taken into consideration utilization, denial risk and complexity.
CPT® Coding Essentials optimizes both CPT and ICD-10 code selection with helpful CPT-to-ICD-10-CM
crosswalks and detailed explanations of anatomy, physiology and documentation. In addition, for the
first time in the same volume, verbatim guidelines and parenthetical information from the CPT codebook
specific to cardiology and vascular surgery CPT codes can be found.
This is the ideal daily companion featuring useful, definitive specialty-specific coding information beyond
what is provided in a full procedural code book.
Cardiology and vascular coding and billing knowledge that otherwise might take years of experience or
multiple resources to accumulate is available in a single volume.


• Individual code-detail pages organized by CPT or HCPCS code — CPT 2017 codes pertinent to
cardiology are listed in numerical order on a single page for ease of use
• Code-detail pages include:
– All pertinent cardiology and vascular surgery codes for CPT 2017 — Get only what you are
looking for with cardiology CPT codes from the Surgery, Radiology, Pathology, Medicine, Category II
and Category III sections of the CPT® code book
– EXCLUSIVE! Code-specific CPT parentheticals — No other specialty coding book provides these
code-specific authoritative instructions
– EXCLUSIVE! Pertinent official CPT guidelines — Get insight into correct coding from the CPT
Editorial Panel. Not available in other cardiology references
– CPT to ICD-10-CM crosswalks — Diagnostic codes commonly associated with the service are listed
with their official code descriptions
– Plain English descriptions of CPT® codes — Simple descriptions of what is included in the service
are provided as a guide to coders
– Procedural illustrations — Simple line illustrations bring clarity and understanding to complex
– Facility and non-facility RVUs — Federal data on facility and non-facility work and practice
expense values
– Global days — Reference the number of global days CMS assigns to the procedure to determine if
current services are within the follow-up period
– Modifier use — Check whether CMS allows the uses of multiple procedures, co-surgeon reduction,
team surgeon or assistant surgeon modifiers with this procedure
– Pub 100 references — Know at a glance if CMS has written regulations regarding this coding topic,
and know where to look online to find the specific CMS reference
– Sex edits — Prevent audit problems by identifying coding errors based on sex-specific diagnostic codes
– CPT® Assistant references — Know when to turn to CPT Assistant Newsletter for help because codes
targeted in articles are flagged
• CCI edits — Determine if code pairings are appropriate
• Introduction to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding — Quickly reference conventions and rules for
the new coding systems
• Anatomy and Pathophysiology for ICD-10-CM coding — Brush up on your knowledge of anatomy to
fine tune your diagnostic coding for disorders of the heart
• Terminology, acronyms and basic anatomy — Interpret the language of the medical record efficiently
• Checklist for ICD-10-CM documentation — Share this helpful cardiology cheat sheet with your
physicians to ensure compliance with coding requirements
• Modifiers and modifier rules — Double-check your modifier selection before submitting a claim