Author "Barbara Cobuzzi"

By Barbara Cobuzzi
Feb 21st, 2018
Sometimes coders are confused when they should apply modifier 58 Staged or Related Procedure or Service by the Same Physician or Other Qualified Health Care Professional During the Postoperative Period and modifier 78 Unplanned Return to the Operating...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In CMS
Feb 12th, 2018
Physicians won’t have to re-document medical students’ notes in evaluation and management (E/M) documentation any longer. CR10412 revises the Medicare Claims Processing Manual to allow the teaching physician to verify in the medical record...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In Coding
Feb 6th, 2018
Flu season is here, prompting a great deal of confusion about how to code.  I decided to spend some time on the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and other resources to try to clarify the murky in this very sick flu season. Car...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In Coding
Jan 29th, 2018
When I last wrote “Modifier 59 – To Use or Not to Use”, I promised to follow it up with some real-life examples of when we should be using the 59 or the new Medicare X[ESPU] modifiers. Let’s look at some clinical examples and first determine if the ...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In CMS
Jan 29th, 2018
Other than the FESS CPT® changes for 2018, there are a few more CPT® updates to note for the upcoming year. The first changes have to do with Flaps (skin and/or deep tissues). Additional instructions were added to these codes, stating: “The regions ...