In CMS
Mar 26th, 2009
Reimbursement for orthopedic surgeries under the Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC) payment system may be on the rise, but improper coding based on inadequate documentation can still leave your practice shouldering the burden. An article in the March issue of Outpatient Surgery Magazine offers guidance for accurately coding shoulder scopes. Don’t Choose Shoulder Scope Codes ...
Oct 1st, 2008
By Sarah Todt, RN, CPC-EDS The ED coder needs a thorough understanding of integumentary system anatomy and the procedures associated with it. The injury description and the performed procedures will lead the coder to proper code selection. Procedure codes vary based on the type of illness or injury and the technique used. Let’s focus on ...
May 1st, 2008
by Sheri Poe Bernard, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P CPT® and ICD-9-CM code selection for lacerations and their repair is a simple task if you break down coding criteria into simple components. Length, Location, and Type For CPT®, integumentary repair codes specify length, location and type of wound repair. Codes are selected by: Laceration length in centimeters ...
Nov 1st, 2007
Shoulder surgery has been revolutionized through arthroscopic equipment. By Annette Grady, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CCS-P When dealing with the shoulder, the list of potential medical problems is as long as your arm. In this world of hustle and bustle, shoulders carry our life’s necessities: laptops, briefcases, handbags, babies, grocery bags, only to make us wonder ...