Feb 1st, 2012
Check location and combined areas to capture separately reportable procedures. By Ken Camilleis, CPC, CPC-I, CMRS An adjacent tissue transfer (CPT® 14000-14350) relocates a flap of healthy skin from a donor site to an adjacent laceration, scar, or other discontinuity. A portion of the flap is left intact to supply blood to the grafted area. ...
Feb 1st, 2012
Part 1: Make numbers 10 through six part of your compliance plan. By Marcella Bucknam, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, CCC, COBGC, CCS-P, CCS No matter what your specialty or the size of your practice, certain issues should be part of your compliance plan. Over the next two months, we will focus on the top 10 ...
Feb 1st, 2012
Use the 2012 OIG Work Plan to chart your hospital’s compliance plan. By Jillian Harrington, MHA, CPC, CPC-P, CPC-I, CCS-P Last month, we explained the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General’s (OIG’s) annual work plan, with details about physician practice interests for 2012, from an audit and evaluation perspective ...
Feb 1st, 2012
Look to incident-to rules for clarity. By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC Question: I am trying to determine what level of physician supervision is required for “supervision of preparation and provision of antigens for allergen immunotherapy” (95165). The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule assigns a “Physician Supervision” requirement of 9, or “concept does not apply.” How do ...
Feb 1st, 2012
New, more concise codes facilitate spot-on coding for all components of vascular and nonvascular procedures. By David Zielske, MD, CPC-H, CIRCC, CCC, CCS, RCC Many interventional radiology code changes over the past several years have resulted in the creation of a single code to describe what was previously described with multiple codes. This trend continues ...