Anesthesia Billing Inc
1715 Medical Pkwy
Newton KS 67114
February 4, 2011
The ABInsight dated December 7, 2010 reported effective January 1, 2011, CPT 77003 (fluoroguide) can no longer be billed in addition to CPT’s 64479, 64480, 64483, and 64484 (transforaminal epidural injections). The fluoroguide will now be considered inclusive to the injection; therefore, you will not be reimbursed separately for 77003 when these injections are given. This is a CPT coding change and not just a National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edit.
While this impacts all insurance plans, we chose only to show the per unit impact for BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas (BCBS), BlueCross BlueShield of Oklahoma (BCBS) and Medicare.
We have been in contact with BCBS; and at this point, there will be no increase in the amounts allowed for those injections. Medicare made minor changes in the allowable amounts. Please keep in mind, the fluoroscopy reimbursement is only affected when done with the 64479-64484 injections. At this time, the fluoroscopy is still being allowed with other procedures (eg, 62267, 62270-62282, 62310-62319).
Basically, for every patient you see in 2011 and provide transforaminal epidural injections for, you will realize a net decrease in income from the 2010 rates.
2011 Kansas Medicare and BCBS MAP Allowables:
2011 Oklahoma Medicare and BCBS MAP Allowables:
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