Coding & Reimbursement Resources
The AUGS Coding and Reimbursement Committee assists members with the application of governmental regulations and guidelines regarding terminology and CPT/ICD coding in urogynecologic practice. Such information is intended to assist with the coding process as required by governmental regulation and should not be construed as policy sanctioned by AUGS. The following resources are available:
Coding Updates & Changes
Establishing Reimbursement Amounts for Procedures, It’s in Your Hands!
United Healthcare policies regarding hysterectomy may impact preauthorization and reimbursement
Use of Modifiers with NCCI Edits when Clinical Circumstances are Appropriate
Vaginal Hysterectomy Coding Update: Claims Eligible for Resubmission on April 1, 2015
View AUGS' letter to NCCI on Opposition to edits for vaginal hysterectomy procedure and colporrhaphy, colpopexy, and vaginal repair procedures October 23, 2014. View NCCI's response in regards to this letter on November 6, 2014.
View NCCI letter in response to Enterolysis and lysis of adhesion PTP edits
AUGS letter in opposition to edits regarding Laparascopic, surgical, with vaginal hysterectomy procedure codes submitted 11/2015
NCCI Response to Laparascopic hysterectomy procedure code edits
Effective 1/1/15 NCCI no longer allows cystoscopy to be billed separately from gynecologic surgical procedures, such as hysterectomy or colpopexy when done for the purpose of checking the integrity of the bladder and ureteral patency
Submit a Coding Question
Coding Q&A for AUGS Members (log in to AUGS website required to access feature)
AUGS Coding Today (e-mail Mitra Aminrazavi at firstname.lastname@example.org for a 30-day free trial).
Physican Reimbursement Resources
Understanding the RUC Survey Instrument
A resource developed by the American Medical Association.
New United HealthCare policies require additional preauthorization for certain procedures based on site of service
AUGS is notifying its Members of increased payer requirements from United Healthcare regarding the location of service for certain surgical procedures, in part due to variability in reimbursement based on the site of service. Many hospital systems provide a variety of surgical locations and facility charges can vary depending on venue in a hospital or an ambulatory surgical center setting. Click here for an educational fact sheet regarding these changes and what you can do to help.
It has been brought to the attention of the AUGS coding committee that claims for Interstim implantation (64590) may be denied for Novitas beneficiaries. Novitas is the Medicare contractor which spans Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Washington D.C, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Indian Health Service, and Veterans Affairs.
This is reportedly the result of a claims processing system error which has resulted in a CPT –ICD9 mismatch. This appears to be affecting claims from May 2015 to the present. Claims for the sacral lead placement are not currently affected.
Novitas is aware of the system error. Physicians are advised to contact Novitas Customer Care to report the denial and ask that the claim be escalated.
CMS Conversion Factor
Change Request (CR) 9104 informs MACs about the release of pyament files based upon the CY 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule. To be sure that you and your billing staff are of these changes, please click here for the New CMS Conversion Factor
Coding for Surgical Procedures Involving the Use of Mesh
Sling Revision and Urethrolysis
E&M Form (Sample): Initial Exam
Links of Interest
CMS Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for CY 2016
CMS website for CPT coding and bundling
CMS resource for Physician Supervision of Diagnostic Tests
CMS website for Meaningful Use
The Coding and Reimbursement Committee of the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) assists members with the application of governmental regulations and guidelines regarding terminology and CPT/ICD coding in urogynecologic practice. Such information is intended to assist with the coding process as required by governmental regulation and should not be construed as policy sanctioned by AUGS. AUGS disclaims liability for actions or consequences related to any of the information provided. AUGS does not endorse the diagnostic protocol or treatment plan designed by the provider.