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 ...
Sep 1st, 2012
By Govind Acharya, MD, FACS Reconstructive plastic surgeons offer several procedures for breast reconstruction. Many women opt for immediate breast reconstruction at the time of mastectomy. Here, we will discuss immediate breast reconstruction using expander-implant and dermal allograft. Breast Reconstruction Progresses in Three Stages Stage 1 A patient is scheduled for mastectomy by her oncologic ...
Aug 1st, 2007
Focus on the details in your physician’s op report to get past imprecise terminology. By Suzan Hvizdash, CPC, CPC-EMS, CPC-EDS The complexities of coding mastectomy and reconstruction seem to parallel the complexities of the surgery itself. A simple mastectomy may be simple to code. More complicated cases may take some analysis and interpretation of coding ...