Nov 1st, 2012
By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC  In most circumstances, you would not code separately for suture removal. There isn’t a dedicated CPT® code for suture removal, and both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) consider suture removal to be an integral part of any procedure that includes suture placement. ...
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May 11th, 2012
Effective Oct. 1, 2012, Medicare systems will expect to see on claims a new occurrence code for reporting the date a patient dies. Providers and suppliers who bill fiscal intermediaries (FIs), regional home health intermediaries (RHHIs), or Part A/B Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries should include occurrence code 55 and ...
Jan 1st, 2009
Modifiers 54, 55, and 56 come in handy for coordinating care claims By G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC All CPT® procedure codes that include a global surgical package consist of three parts: pre-operative services, intra-operative services, and post-operative care (including all related follow-up visits during the global period). On occasion, however, a physician may provide ...