Just Coding: Eliminate coronary procedure confusion

Like many things in health care, there can often be a great deal of confusion, one such area is with coronary procedures. AAPC ICD-10 trainer Betty Hovey, CPC, CPC-I, CPC-H, CPCD, CCS-P, PCS, CCP, CIC, RMC spoke with Dr. John F. Seccombe, MD at the most recent AAPC National Conference last month on such an issue. The presentation is highlighted in a recent article by Just Coding.

“Physician documentation should be very specific, identifying the artery in which a procedure is performed and any movement into another artery,” stated Hovey. “Use modifiers -LC (left circumflex), -LD (left anterior descending), and -RC (right coronary) to denote which artery the physician was in when he or she performed the procedure.”

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