Along with one of the most common blood-thinning medications in the world, taken daily to prevent blood clots, comes frequent checks called “pro-times” or international normalized ratio (INR) monitoring.
This has been taken for granted in the past, as the work involved for the physician to monitor such patients at least monthly (and sometimes more often) can be costly for a medical practice. However, in 2018, as Medicare continues to reinforce support for primary care and certain medical specialties like cardiology, anticoagulation management is now a payable service, which may be available for work that is already being done in your practice.
During this edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays, nationally recognized professional physician coder and auditor Terry Fletcher reports on the importance of documentation to capture the new CPT® codes for home and outpatient INR monitoring services.
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