Interventional Radiology | Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies

Powerful Coding & Compliance Solutions for Interventional Radiologists

Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies has provided specialty medical coding, revenue cycle, and compliance consulting services, as well as educational and training materials to interventional radiologists and others in the healthcare industry for over 20 years. RCCS’s key to excellence lies in our extensive team of specialized coding experts and industry leaders, who create customized revenue cycle solutions and provide our clients the assistance they need to thrive in the complex and ever-changing healthcare industry.

Interventional Radiology Consulting Services

Our goal is to build a trusted educational connection with our clients. We strive for long-term client relationships where we can provide not only auditing services and feedback on a recurring basis (quarterly, annually, etc.) but also education to those providers and/or coders involved in the coding and documentation process.

We have two main focuses that build out a comprehensive interventional radiology consulting package:
  • Targeted Audits (for coding and documentation requirements
  • Specialized Education (providers and/or coding staff)
Common Areas of Concern We Can Address for Interventional Radiology:
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Peripheral Interventions
  • Dialysis Services
  • Y-90 Planning and Treatment
  • Embolization Services
  • Diagnosis Coding for Interventional Services

Navigators

Our Navigators® are the only resource you need to ensure compliance and accurate billing for your organization. Covering all aspects of treatment, these guide provide a comprehensive walkthrough of each process, including examples and key documentation requirements.

Interventional Radiology Coding Education

Navigator® Coding Reference Guides

The RCCS Navigator® for Interventional Radiology/Procedures was created to help physician practices, imaging centers, and hospitals submit correct claims for interventional radiology procedures and services.

The first section of the Navigator® provides background information about:

  • Medicare program overview of the payment systems
  • Authoritative Guidance resources
  • Supervision of services
  • Documentation of services
  • Appropriate Use Criteria requirements

The remainder of the manual covers coding guidelines and billing/reimbursement guidelines for procedures interventional radiologists commonly perform, including:

  • Catheter arteriograms and venograms
  • Therapeutic catheter-based vascular procedures such as angioplasty, stent placement, mechanical thrombectomy, embolization, and infusions
  • Arteriovenous fistula/graft interventions
  • Endovascular repair of aneurysms
  • Percutaneous diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in nonvascular systems such as the biliary tract, gastrointestinal system, and urinary tract
  • Pain procedures like facet joint injections and nerve blocks
  • Aspiration and drainage of fluid from various body areas

Coding for interventional radiology services requires extensive knowledge of anatomy, as well as an understanding of coding conventions, so this manual includes anatomic diagrams as well as definitions of important anatomic terms.

The RCCS Navigator® for Evaluation and Management for Radiology was created to assist interventional radiologists document E/M services appropriately and bill for them in a compliant manner, including the recent significant changes to coding, billing, and documenting E/M services. The first part of this book discusses the types of E/M services that interventional radiologists may provide. The second part of the book explains how to select the E/M code that best describes the service and how to ensure the documentation meets the requirements for that code. This book will help the reader understand the complex requirements for E/M coding and documentation.

Interventional Radiology Job Aid

Our Interventional Procedures Job Aid is a set of “cheat sheets” that contains anatomic diagrams, lists of codes for commonly performed interventional exams, and other helpful coding tips and information.

Interventional Radiology Online Training Courses

In today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment, the ability to provide your teams the training they need in a time and place that fits their schedule is priceless! With the online library of courses from Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies®, the industry’s most trusted source of medical specialty coding and compliance education for over two decades, you can easily prepare your team to code any service with confidence and ensure timely reimbursements.

Each course includes lay explanations of clinical terms, code selection and sequencing guidelines, and documentation requirements using real-world scenarios and hands-on exercises to improve comprehension and retention. At the completion of the course, a scored assessment tests the learner’s comprehension of the material and allows them to earn CEUs.

The Interventional Radiology curriculum is a collection of 6 online courses that cover all aspects of procedure coding for interventional radiology services for coders working in a physician practice or hospital outpatient setting. Participants can hone their skills by coding actual procedure notes and receiving immediate feedback on their code selections. The curriculum also includes printable study guides with anatomic diagrams to assist in the coding process. Courses included are:

Each of these Interventional Radiology courses can also be purchased individually, allowing you to customize your education plan based on the needs of your team.

Interventional Radiology at the CROWN Annual Seminar Series

Each year the experts at RCCS gather to share their knowledge regarding upcoming coding, regulatory, and compliance guideline updates. The 3-day seminar includes a collection of series addressing interventional and diagnostic radiology, radiation and medical oncology, and cardiology hot topics.

During the Interventional Radiology session, we’ll cover several topics and problem areas such as:
  • Diagnostic angiography and additional subselective imaging
  • Challenging transcatheter procedures – lower extremity revascularization, dialysis circuit, embolizations, thrombectomy with infusion therapy
  • Nonvascular procedures including biliary, urinary, biopsies, aspirations, and more

Client Resource Center

With our Client Resource Center (CRC), you’ll always have the answers to complicated coding questions. The CRC platform puts you in direct contact with an industry expert to quickly answer your important questions—usually by the next business day—via the Q&A portal.

You can also access the specific payer policies for your facility’s requirements and geographic location at any time. The CRC is a subscription-based service where interventional radiologists, practice staff, and coders can ask questions regarding coding, billing, and compliance for IR procedures and receive real-time responses from our team of experts.

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