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 ...
Nov 1st, 2011
Good documentation and a thorough understanding of anatomy and procedures will help you accurately code this service. By Laurette Pitman, RN, CPC-H, CGIC, CCS Anyone who has had chronic sinus infections knows how miserable the constant headache and facial pressure can be. Fortunately for chronic sufferers, there is a minimally invasive surgical technique to help ...
Jun 1st, 2011
Don’t let stringent requirements make you a RAC target. By Vickie Balistreri, BA, RHIA, CPC, CPC-H, CCS, CCS-P, CCDS Mark Twain once said, “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.” I think this nicely summarizes the importance of using the “right words” ...
Aug 1st, 2010
Get your physicians to document correctly or leave money on the table. By Holly J. Cassano, CPC To be descriptive enough to create a clear picture of the procedure performed, debridement documentation in the outpatient setting must describe: Method of debridement—The most common methods include: Wet-to-dry dressings. Wet dressings are applied to the wound and ...
Apr 1st, 2010
By Trina Cuppett, CPC, CPC-H and G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC Coding skin neoplasm diagnoses and excisions requires careful attention to detail. The key to accurate reporting is knowing the sort of detail to look for and where to find it. The following basic guidelines will set you on the right path. Diagnosis Reporting: Let ...