Understand how losing subcategory V64.4x will affect reporting of converted surgical approaches. By Jennifer E. Avery, CPC-H, CPC, CPC-I, CCS The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) instructs us that when a procedure begins by laparoscopic approach, but must be converted to (and completed by) open approach, only the open approach is coded. In ...
Apr 1st, 2009
By Jennifer Avery, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CCS Septicemia, sepsis, and systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) are all terms physicians use and coders are used to seeing in sepsis documentation. The meaning of these terms, however, is often open to interpretation. One physician’s septicemia is another physician’s sepsis. The interchangeable use of these terms by physicians ...