Nov 1st, 2008
By Manickavalli Anand M.Sc, CPC, PCA Preventive medicine services describe comprehensive evaluation and management (E/M) services provided to patients with no current symptoms or diagnosed illness. Preventive codes are used to report annual well woman examinations and include the following: Counseling/anticipatory guidance/risk factor reduction interventions Age and gender appropriate comprehensiv...
Dec 1st, 2007
By Linda K. Eickmann, CPC The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is vigilant in getting the word out to women in regards to the benefits of screening mammography. Thanks to programs such as the NBCF’s Pink Ribbon campaign, we’ve seen an increase in breast imaging for screening purposes over the last several years. Through advanced ...
Aug 1st, 2007
Focus on the details in your physician’s op report to get past imprecise terminology. By Suzan Hvizdash, CPC, CPC-EMS, CPC-EDS The complexities of coding mastectomy and reconstruction seem to parallel the complexities of the surgery itself. A simple mastectomy may be simple to code. More complicated cases may take some analysis and interpretation of coding ...
Jul 1st, 2007
By Betty A. Johnson, CPC, CCS-P, CIC, CCP Mohs codes are reported when the physician serves as both the surgeon and the pathologist. Mohs micrographic surgery is a highly specialized procedure in which the physician acts as both pathologist and surgeon. Find out the reasons for performing the procedure and how to code the procedure. ...