In Coding
Oct 9th, 2019
Part 2: Strengthen your ICD-10-PCS coding for lumbar spinal fusion procedures. Coding spinal fusion in an outpatient or ambulatory surgery center (ASC) setting with CPT® is very different than coding spinal fusion in the inpatient setting with ICD-10-PCS. For example, as illustrated in Figure 1, CPT® divides the spine into three columns: Anterior (anterior two-thirds ...
In Coding
Oct 9th, 2019
Prevalence and risk require targeted diagnostic testing. Onychomycosis (tinea unguium), or fungal infection of the nail, causes almost half of all nail pathologies worldwide. It is a progressive infection of the nail characterized by thickening with degrees of white to yellow-brown discoloration and separation of the nail from the nail bed. Here’s why molecular testing ...
In Coding
Sep 24th, 2019
Every 17 minutes another man dies from prostate cancer in the United States. September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and a great time to help raise awareness about this disease. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among American men. In 2019, nearly 175,000 men will ...
In Billing
Sep 13th, 2019
October 1 is a scary time for medical coders. There are fourth quarter updates to HCPCS Level II codes and code editors. Payment system and fee schedules are updated. And ICD-10-CM code changes go into effect. What’s a coder to do? Whatever you do, don’t hide under your bed. Jason’s under there (just a little Friday ...
In Coding
Sep 12th, 2019
Improved ICD-10-CM coding could lead to answers for what is causing the outbreak. Twenty-six people in 21 states have died from severe respiratory illness associated with vaping products used in e-cigarettes — all in the past few months. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of Oct. 8 more than 1,299 ...