Grasping the anatomy of so many tiny, complex parts will aid in coding of wrist diseases and injuries. The wrist is classified as an “intermediate” joint, but consists of many intricate structures and bones. Accurate coding of wrist diagnoses, services, and procedures requires a solid working knowledge of wrist, hand, and distal forearm anatomy. Match ...
Jan 1st, 2013
By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC Although you may not get reimbursed for these codes,correctly reporting them is the right thing to do. For 2013, CPT® includes a total of 47 changes to Category III codes. Here’s a rundown to keep you up-to-date in the new year. Category III Codes Are Important Category III (temporary) codes ...
Jul 1st, 2012
By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC Category III CPT® codes 0219T-0222T describe a minimally invasive technique for fusion of the spinal facet joints, wherein bone or a device is introduced (percutaneously or by “open” incision) into the facet joint and placement is confirmed using imaging. Discussing these codes, the article “Spine Reimbursement Sees a Major Impact” ...
Mar 1st, 2009
Part 2 in spinal series By G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC Spinal fusion involves multiple steps beyond those described by arthrodesis codes 22532-22632, including bone grafting (20930-20938) and instrumentation placement (22840-22851). For complete coding, you should report these additional procedures separately. When extensive decompression accompanies arthrodesis, you may report the procedures ind...
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...