Diagnosis code choice relies on a thorough understanding of the four classifications of abnormal cell growth severity. The good news about cancer coding is that it is generally straightforward. If you can familiarize yourself with a few key pathology words, you’ll be headed in the right direction. Stages of Cancer Cancer is not a disease ...
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Mar 3rd, 2014
A carcinoma (e.g, basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma) is a malignant growth consisting of epithelial cells, which tend to spread to surrounding tissue. Carcinomas are often associated with the skin, but can also develop in tissues lining organs, such as the kidney or liver. Carcinomas are identified in the ICD-9-CM Index to Diseases ...
Jun 1st, 2012
2012 introduces new codes for both diagnostic and surgical VATS. By Laurette Pitman, RN, CPC-H, CGIC, CCS Due to advances in surgical procedures, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has an increasing role in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of thoracic disorders that previously required sternotomy or open thoracotomy. Patients who undergo this procedure ...
Sep 1st, 2011
Plus, significant other changes make way for more precise diagnosis reporting. By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an updated ICD-9-CM code set, effective Oct. 1, 2011. The nearly 250 changes include more than a few minor descriptor revisions, but also significant code additions. Among these, the ...
Apr 1st, 2009
Location, quantity, and a physician doing two jobs are key to this procedure. By Susan Ward, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CDERC, CEMC, CPRC Mohs micrographic surgery is a highly-effective technique for treating skin cancer, which commonly includes basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Mohs micrographic surgery is used less often for patient with melanoma, which ...