When grafting moves below skin substitutes, use a code for soft tissue reinforcement. By J.D. Rosdeutscher, MD The past decade has seen an explosion in the number of, and uses for, biologic implants (see “Biologic Implants” for a list). For several years, CPT® categorized these implants using an ever changing code set that identified the ...
In Coding
Apr 1st, 2014
Coding breast reconstruction can be difficult, but knowing procedures and diagnoses helps. By Victoria M. Moll, CPC, CPMA, CPRC Breast cancer is responsible for the death of one in every 36 women in the United States. Women who undergo a mastectomy to remove malignant tissue are faced with an array of reconstructive options, including flaps ...
Jul 1st, 2012
By Ken Camilleis, CPC, CPC-I, CMRS   Add-on code +15777 Implantation of biologic implant (eg, acellular dermal matrix) for soft tissue reinforcement (eg, breast, trunk) (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) was added to the “Other Flaps and Grafts” category of the Integumentary System, Repair subheading in CPT® 2012 to describe the ...
In Billing
Jun 18th, 2012
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released payment files to contractors that reflect up-to-date payment policy in line with the 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule and the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. The latter legislation extended through Dec. 31, 2012 the zero percent update ...
Mar 1st, 2012
From preparation to closure, learn what’s new for CPT® skin replacement codes in 2012. Terri Brame, MBA, CPC, CGSC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CHC For 2012, the American Medical Association (AMA) has replaced CPT® codes to describe skin replacement surgery, revised section guidelines related to those codes, and added a code for bioprosthetic soft tissue reinforcement. To ...