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Coding, Regulations and Reimbursement

We frequently field questions on coding and regulations & reimbursement issues related to chest medicine. Please refer to the following resources to help manage your practice operations:


Coding for Chest Medicine 2016: A Coding and Billing Update

The 2016 edition of Coding for Chest Medicine: A Coding and Billing Update. Important updates for pulmonologists, pediatricians, and interventional bronchoscopists are included, along with many examples of ICD-10-CM coding provided.

New in the 2016 edition:

  • Complex Chronic Care Services
  • Advance Care Planning Services
  • EBUS Services
  • ECMO Services
  • Clarification for 94640 inhalation treatments

Available as a Softcover book or PDF eBook for $160
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Coding for Chest Medicine 2013: Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep - Specialty Medicine and Codes

Purchase the 2013 edition of Coding for CHEST Medicine at a reduced price. This edition contains practice management content that is largely unchanged and not reproduced in the new 2016 edition. Many of the chapters contain valuable information and resources, including chapters on Revenue Cycle Management, Modifiers, Correct Coding Edits, Advanced Practice Providers (Nurse Practitioners and PhysicianAssistants), Facility Reimbursements, Allergy Services, Teaching Physician Regulations, and When Legal Advice is Advisable. This 2013 edition is a useful companion to the new 2016 edition.

Available as PDF eBook or Softcover book for $25
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Regulations and Reimbursement

Regulations and Reimbursement-Related Resources and Updates

  • Updates: Final Rule 2014
    • OPP – Outpatient Prospective Payment System
    • IPPS – Inpatient Prospective Payment System
    • MPFS – Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
    • CMS Fact Sheets
    • Medicare Carrier/FI Submitted Comments and LCDs

Position Statement for Coverage and Payment of Bronchial Thermoplast

Bronchial thermoplasty offers treatment for patients with severe asthma who continue to be symptomatic despite maximal medical treatment. We believe the literature supports bronchial thermoplasty as a therapeutic option for patients with severe asthma. Therefore, we recommend that all public and private insurers provide coverage and payment for bronchial thermoplasty for those adult patients with severe persistent, poorly-controlled asthma who continue to experience asthma exacerbations, emergency department visits and hospitalizations despite maximal medical treatment.

Coverage and Payment for Bronchial Thermoplasty for Severe Persistent Asthma

CMS Changes for Calendar Year 2014

On October 30, 2015, CMS issued the final rule that updates the payment policies and payment rates for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) on or after January 1, 2016. The rule changes several of the quality reporting initiatives associated with MPFS payments, including the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). The final rule was published in the Federal Register on November 16, 2015.


On October 1st, 2015, the ICD-10 diagnostic code set went live. Now, medical professionals have nearly 70,000 codes to choose from. Please refer to the following resources regarding this change:

Additional ICD-10 Resources