Limited follow-up follicular transvaginal ultrasound

Posted January 30, 2015

What is the appropriate code to use for a limited follow-up follicular transvaginal ultrasound? There is no established code for this. Should a 52 modifier be used if all the complete ultrasound measurements are not taken? What about a limited follow up transvaginal ultrasound? 

Billing for embryo culture after freezing

Posted December 12, 2014

 Is it allowable to bill 89250 for the culture of embryos after thaw for a frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycle? Is there a certain time that the embryos must be in culture? The CPT code says <4 days.

Correct coding for evaluation to determine infertility

Posted October 7, 2014

If a patient and partner present to our office with a six-month or one-year history of failure to conceive with no previous testing or treatment, we have been using the V26.21 diagnosis code, as it seems to be most appropriate for the male and female diagnostic testing phase, such as semen analysis, sonohysterogram and egg quality testing.

It seems that giving a female infertility code such as 628.x or 606.x for male infertility would be inappropriate because we don’t know yet who is infertile. We have only recently started having problems with this code and only with one major commercial insurer who is stating that we should be using the infertility codes. so it has now raised the question: are we in the right?
 

Twin pregnancy and transvaginal/transabdominal ultrasound

Posted September 8, 2014

When a patient becomes pregnant with twins following an IUI or IVF cycle, we have been billing CPT 76817 for the early monitoring ultrasound on the first sac and 76817 -59 for the additional sac examined in the multiple pregnancy, during the same encounter. We have never had a problem getting paid for both ultrasounds done on the same day when the diagnosis is 651.03 twin pregnancy. 

Recently, Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield has denied payment for the ultrasound done on the second sac, stating denial is based on “payment methodology and guidelines” and that 76817 can only be billed once per encounter. The CPT book neither states that the code can or can’t be billed twice per exam. 

I have read the description of the other pregnancy codes that specifically state they can be used more than once per exam, and they involve greater work than we can provide at this early stage of monitoring. Do you have any thoughts, and is BCBS correct in denying payment for the second ultrasound exam?

Diagnostic hysteroscopy when no abnormalities are found

Posted September 4, 2014

What ICD-9 code do you use if a diagnostic hysteroscopy is performed for the preoperative diagnosis of uterine polyp but the postoperative diagnosis is normal uterine cavity? The hysteroscopy was performed to evaluate for a uterine polyp, but no polyp was seen.

Elective oocyte preservation

Posted September 4, 2014

What would the correct ICD-9 codes be, and in what sequence would they fall, for a single female patient who would like to do a stimulation cycle with oocyte retrieval and resulting cryopreservation for future personal use? This patient is 36 years old with no medical problems and wishes to preserve her oocytes for future use. Her third-party payer indicates that she does have coverage for these services.

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