Jun 1st, 2012
 Find out the latest on gastroesophageal reflux diagnosis and treatment coding. By Rebecca M. Hovis, CPC, CPC-P, CGIC Gastroesophageal reflux is the backward flow of the gastric contents into the esophagus due to improper functioning of the lower esophageal sphincter (also called the cardiac sphincter). Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ICD-9-CM 530.81 Esophageal reflux, is a ...
Mar 1st, 2011
A shift in paraesophageal hernia thinking changes this year’s CPT®, plus what’s new with esophagus repairs and hemorrhoids. By Marcella Bucknam, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, CCC, COBGC, CCS, CCS-P The diaphragm repair and esophagus repair sections of CPT® underwent significant revisions for 2011. These changes reflect a shift in thinking about how paraesophageal hernia repairs ...