Sep 1st, 2013
Five principles will help you capture appropriate charges for spine surgeries. “It seems like coding spine cases is as complicated as doing the surgery,” said a spine surgeon at his first coding training session with me. Spine procedure coding can make even the most confident coder squirm. But spine procedure coding doesn’t have to be ...
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 ...
Apr 1st, 2012
2012’s bundling of procedures and assigning of “experimental” T codes can hamper provider reimbursement. By Barbara Cataletto, MBA, CPC Changes to CPT® 2012 spinal codes and coding guidelines have an important impact on reimbursement, new technologies, and the advancement of patient care. Let’s review the changes you’ll need to know to properly document and code ...
May 1st, 2010
By G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC In medicine—and equally so in medical coding—location matters. As such, physician coders must be adept when applying the three modifiers most commonly used to identify more precisely the locations at which a procedure occur: Modifiers 50 Bilateral procedure, LT Left side, and RT Right side. Mirror Image Procedures on ...