Feb 1st, 2014
Accurate reporting requires identifying all procedures performed beyond the initial E/M. By Sarah Todt, RN, CPC, CPMA, CEDC Physicians in the emergency department (ED) very often perform procedures in addition to evaluation and management (E/M) services. Integumentary procedures such as laceration repair, burn treatment, or incision and drainage are common, as are orthopedic procedures such ...
Aug 1st, 2012
By Sarah Todt, RN, CPC, CPMA, CEDC Ultrasound technology has evolved with recent changes allowing for these diagnostic studies to be performed at the patient’s bedside. The machines are more portable and affordable than ever, which has led to increased use of services. Many residency programs require training in the performance and interpretation of bedside ...
Jun 1st, 2010
By Holly J. Cassano, CPC As a Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) who supports emergency department (ED) physicians, I am often asked how to code appropriately for the physician component of critical care services in the ED. In response, I created these 10 commandments of critical care coding in the emergency room (ER). 1. Thou Shalt ...
Dec 1st, 2008
Here’s what you need to know to stay in compliance. Part 1 of a 2-part series By Elin Baklid-Kunz, MBA, CPC, CCS It’s not easy keeping current with Medicare’s changing critical care services policy. Recent changes include the July 1, Change Request (CR) 5993, which revises the Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Publication 100-04, chapter 12, ...