Oct 1st, 2014
Get precise with anatomy to help code SLAP lesions and Bankart defects. Ken Camilleis, CPC, CPC-I, CMRS, CCS-P Coding shoulder-related diagnoses and procedures can be a challenge, but a working knowledge of the shoulder’s intricate ball-and-socket anatomy can help. Let’s explore in detail the anatomy and coding related to two common shoulder diagnoses: superior labrum ...
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May 1st, 2014
Make it known: Guidelines drive coding, compliance, reimbursement, and quality of healthcare. By Ken Camilleis, CPC, CPC-I, CMRS, CCS-P You rely heavily on a variety of guidelines to assist in your work as a coder. Guidelines come from ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM, CPT®, payers, government agencies, and a host of other sources. There is no “one size ...
Nov 1st, 2013
A deficient understanding of bone density measurement studies can cripple your ability to code properly. by Ken Camilleis, CPC, CPC-I, CMRS, CCS-P Bone density studies measure specific mineral values in targeted bony structures throughout the skeletal system, which allows a physician to diagnose osteoporosis (porous bone) or osteopenia (low bone density, the precursor to osteoporosis). ...
Mar 1st, 2013
By Ken Camilleis, CPC, CPC-I, CMRS, CCS-P Analyze documentation to understand the intricacies of diagnostic and procedural fracture coding. Because there are so many types of fractures and fracture treatments, appropriate diagnostic and procedural coding is very complex. Obtaining appropriate reimbursement in compliance with payer regulations and coding guidelines requires a thorough analysis of t...
Apr 1st, 2012
From A to Xenograph, specific language in the operative report should support the use of surgical prep codes. By Ken Camilleis, CPC, CPC-I, CMRS CPT® 2012 adds new instruction and definitions for surgical preparation of skin graft recipient sites (15002-15005). The area over which a skin graft/replacement is laid must be free of infection or ...