In Coding
Apr 1st, 2014
Familiarize yourself with new image-guided percutaneous fluid collection drainage codes, understand the rules, and apply them to scenarios. By Terri Brame, MBA, CHC, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CGSC A review led by the American Medical Association’s CPT® Editorial Panel last year showed that codes for the surgical portion of percutaneous fluid drainage procedures were being reported ...
Form relationships with your physicians that promote communication. By Terri Brame, MBA, CHC, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CGSC If not handled correctly, communication between coder and physician can be frustrating for both parties. In 15 years working with physicians, I’ve had as many different physician interactions as I’ve had physician meetings. I’ve also learned how to ...
Feb 1st, 2013
Overlooking these modifiers can result in improper reimbursement. By Terri Brame, MBA, CHC, CPC, CGSC, CPC-H, CPC-I Any coder worth his or her wage knows about modifiers 25 Significant, separately identifiable evaluation and management service by the same physician or other qualified health care professional on the same day of the procedure or other service ...
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 ...
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. ...