In Coding
Dec 4th, 2017
Code changes affect nearly every specialty. CPT® 2018 introduces over 350 new Category I and III codes changes, as well as revised introductory guidelines, and new and revised parenthetical references. Two areas that have been consistently misinterpreted in the past are revised for more concise coding: (1) international normalized ration (INR) monitoring and education; and ...
Understand the procedures and approaches for better coding of operative reports. There are different surgical approaches for spinal fusion. When coding arthrodesis, you must be sure to match the approach on the surgical report to the CPT® code description. Let’s review arthrodesis treatments for spinal conditions and then look at a case study showing why ...
In Coding
Mar 3rd, 2014
The knee contains three compartments: lateral, medial, and patella-femoral. You may report a maximum of one arthroscopy procedure for each compartment. For example, if the surgeon performs meniscectomy and debridement in the medial compartment, you can only bill a single procedure (normally the meniscectomy, which has the higher value). Be sure to read code descriptors ...
Sep 1st, 2013
Five principles will help you capture appropriate charges for spine surgeries. By Kim Pollock, MS, RN, MBA, CPC “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 ...
Jul 1st, 2012
By Ken Camilleis, CPC, CPC-I, CMRS   Add-on code +15777 Implantation of biologic implant (eg, acellular dermal matrix) for soft tissue reinforcement (eg, breast, trunk) (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) was added to the “Other Flaps and Grafts” category of the Integumentary System, Repair subheading in CPT® 2012 to describe the ...