Jan 1st, 2013
By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC Differentiate excision from debridement for proper CPT® assignment. Bedsores—properly called pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers—typically result when a patient lies immobile for lengthy periods. The body’s own weight creates pressure points, especially over bony protuberances (such as the coccyx), which restrict blood flow and eventually lead to tissue necrosis. Althoug...
Apr 1st, 2012
From A to Xenograph, specific language in the operative report should support the use of surgical prep codes. By Ken Camilleis, CPC, CPC-I, CMRS CPT® 2012 adds new instruction and definitions for surgical preparation of skin graft recipient sites (15002-15005). The area over which a skin graft/replacement is laid must be free of infection or ...
Mar 1st, 2012
From preparation to closure, learn what’s new for CPT® skin replacement codes in 2012. Terri Brame, MBA, CPC, CGSC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CHC For 2012, the American Medical Association (AMA) has replaced CPT® codes to describe skin replacement surgery, revised section guidelines related to those codes, and added a code for bioprosthetic soft tissue reinforcement. To ...
Jun 1st, 2011
Don’t let stringent requirements make you a RAC target. By Vickie Balistreri, BA, RHIA, CPC, CPC-H, CCS, CCS-P, CCDS Mark Twain once said, “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.” I think this nicely summarizes the importance of using the “right words” ...
Feb 1st, 2011
New debridement codes and revised descriptors will help to capture services accurately By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC, and Terri Brame, MBA, CHC, CPC, CGSC, CPC-H, CPC-I Revisions to CPT® 2011 for integumentary-related services involve three families of debridement codes. Debridement is the removal of dead or infected tissue to improve healing of remaining, healthy tissue. ...