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Dec 2nd, 2013
Tissue adhesives, such as Dermabond®, may be used alone or in combination with other methods (e.g., sutures or staples) for laceration repair or to close surgical wounds. The adhesive is applied directly to the skin or tissue of an open wound to hold the margins closed for healing. Proper coding for tissue adhesives has changed ...
Mar 1st, 2013
Knowing anatomy and procedure differences will clarify coding and save you from embarrassing misconception. By Maryann C. Palmeter, CPC, CENTC I recall reviewing some documentation where a patient had a foot amputated, and about two months later the same patient underwent an amputation of the same foot. I thought, “How many times can the same ...
Jul 1st, 2010
By Terri Brame, MBA, CHC, CPC, CPC-H, CGSC, CPC-I Surgical wound closure can be confusing and vague, but you can sew up your wound closure knowledge by returning to the basics. CPT® foundation concepts always apply and can help you navigate wound closure and delayed closure procedures. Define Your Terms Keep the definitions of primary, ...
May 1st, 2009
By Janalynne Thorley-Kilgo, CPC, CPC-I, CCS Rotating coding staff or hiring new coders can be advantageous to a practice because it brings fresh eyes and a new perspective to stagnant coding routines. The downside is it can be difficult for new employees. New coders may find they are expected to code in a way they ...