Sep 1st, 2013
Coding and documentation should reflect new changes to both surgical and anesthesia reporting. By Kelly D. Dennis, MBA, CPC, CPC-I, CANPC, ACS-AN, CHCA  Postoperative pain management (POPM) is a team effort between the surgeon and the anesthesia provider. Changes in coverage affect both surgeons and anesthesia providers, and coders from various specialties should pay attention ...
Apr 1st, 2012
Part 1: Make room for the latest in CPT® coding. By Marvel J. Hammer, RN, CPC, CCS-P, PCS, ACS-PM, CHCO, and G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC CPT® 2012 brings important changes to pain management coding. In the first of this two-part series, we’ll: Review the revised coding guidelines for sacroiliac (SI) joint injection. Clarify the methodology ...
Mar 1st, 2008
By David Zielske, MD, CPC-H, CPC-CARDIO, CCS, RCC Diagnostic spinal procedures include lumbar puncture, myelography, discography, biopsy and aspiration along with plain film radiography, nuclear medicine, CT, and MRI studies. Put these together with the clinical findings of a patient and an action plan for pain management can be formulated. There are many therapeutic options ...