In Coding
Apr 21st, 2019
Question: In researching CPT® code 49905 Omental flap, intra-abdominal (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure), I found an article in AAPC’s Knowledge Center, dated 10/01/2013, titled “Omental Pedical Flaps,” that states this is an open surgical code. Does this mean I cannot this add-on code for laparoscopic procedures? Answer: Code 49905 describes the use ...
In Coding
Mar 11th, 2019
Tissue adhesive, or cyanoacrylate, is like “Super Glue” for the skin. Commonly known as Dermabond® (which is a brand of tissue adhesive sold by Ethicon™), cyanoacrylate is a liquid that may be used to close wounds, either in place of or in addition to other closures methods such as sutures or staples. When used alone, ...
In Coding
Oct 19th, 2018
The 2019 CPT® codebook will include six new codes in the range 111xx to describe tangential biopsy, punch biopsy, and incisional biopsy. Two codes describe tangential biopsy: the first code describes biopsy of a single lesion, and the second (add-on) code describes each additional lesion biopsied, beyond the first. A tangential biopsy is performed with ...
In Coding
Jan 10th, 2018
2018 brings us new functional endoscopic sinus surgery codes (FESS) which bundle a total ethmoidectomy with both a frontal sinusotomy and a sphenoidotomy with and without removal of tissue.  2018 CPT® also provides a new bundled code for a frontal and sphenoid endoscopic balloon dilation.  On initial review of these new codes and the instructions ...
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Aug 22nd, 2016
Both CPT® and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) consider suture removal to be part of a minor surgical procedure’s global package. If the same physician who placed the sutures removes them during the original procedure’s global period, you cannot report the removal separately. If a different physician removes the sutures, the removal ...