Sep 6th, 2019
Part 1: Proper payment starts with understanding lumbar spinal fusion anatomy and procedures to better code them in the facility setting. Spinal fusion (arthrodesis) procedures are performed every day around the world. Coding spinal fusion in an outpatient or ambulatory surgery center (ASC) setting with CPT® is an entirely different animal than in the inpatient ...
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May 27th, 2016
Occasionally, a surgeon will attempt to perform a procedure using an approach that fails, and must the complete the procedure using a different approach or technique. When this occurs, you should code only for the successful approach. The National Correct Coding Initiative (chapter 1, “General Correct Coding Policies for National Correct Coding Initiative Policy Manual ...
Oct 1st, 2012
By Wendy Grant, CPC There is no quick way to code an operative (op) report. You must read and reread—think dissection—to be sure your coding reflects all the procedures and diagnoses performed. Code from the Body of the Report To code only the “preoperative diagnosis, postoperative diagnosis, and operation performed,” listed at the beginning of ...
Mar 1st, 2011
By David B. Dunn, MD, FACS, CIRCC, CPC-H, CCC For 2011, CPT® has given cardiac catheterization (cath) coding an “extreme makeover,” to include: 19 deleted cardiac cath codes (93501, 93508, 93510, 93514, 93524, 93526, 93527, 93528, 93529, 93539-93545, 93555, and 93556) 20 new Category I codes (93451-93464 and 93563-93568) New injection codes and bundling issues ...
Dec 1st, 2008
By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC, director of Clinical Coding Communication To report spinal arthrodesis accurately, coders must distinguish among the various approach procedures the surgeon may select. Broadly speaking, these approaches fall into three categories: anterior, posterior, and lateral. Anterior Approaches During an anterior approach, the surgeon places the patient supine (lying face up) and...