Understanding this devastating disease is key to accurate ICD-10-CM code selection. Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women in the United States, but is the deadliest of the gynecologic cancers, with a five-year survival rate of 46.5 percent. Because of the location of the ovaries in the body, most ovarian cancers go undiagnosed ...
It can mean the difference between reporting 19120 and 19301. When deciding between 19120 Excision of cyst, fibroadenoma, or other benign or malignant tumor, aberrant breast tissue, duct lesion, nipple or areolar lesion (except 19300), open, male or female, 1 or more lesions and 19301 Mastectomy, partial (eg, lumpectomy, tylectomy, quadrantectomy, segmentectomy), search the documentation ...
May 1st, 2010
By G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC In medicine—and equally so in medical coding—location matters. As such, physician coders must be adept when applying the three modifiers most commonly used to identify more precisely the locations at which a procedure occur: Modifiers 50 Bilateral procedure, LT Left side, and RT Right side. Mirror Image Procedures on ...
In Coding
Aug 3rd, 2009
Accurate coding and claims payment start with dispelling four ovarian cyst removal coding myths, according to an article in Ob-Gyn Coding Alert 2009. It’s all in the approach, says Celia Hernandez, CPC. Myth #1: Coding by documentation alone For laparoscopic removal of an ovarian cyst, your code selection should be based on the procedure’s extent. “Always ...