Nov 1st, 2013
Key terms in the report will help you code. by Jeanne L.L. Plouffe, AS, CPC, CGSC The gallbladder is a glandular sac located under the liver. It’s primary function is to store and concentrate bile produced by the liver. Before a meal, the gallbladder is filled with bile, enlarging to the size of a small ...
Dec 1st, 2012
By Laurette Pitman, RN, CPC-H, CGIC, CCS Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is much easier to report than it is to say; but let your guard down and you might slip up when assigning CPT® codes for ERCP-related procedures. Up-to-date coding information on biliary and pancreatic duct stenting procedures, such as that found in the American ...
Jun 1st, 2012
Before you code, know its basics. By Brenda Edwards, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC When it comes to procedure coding, radiology is a world of its own, unlike either evaluation and management (E/M) encounters or surgery. If you are unfamiliar with radiology, here are some basic things to know before you code. Learn the Language It ...
Jul 1st, 2010
By Marcella Bucknam, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, CCC, COBGC, CCS, CCS-P A pancreaticoduodenectomy, pancreatoduodenectomy, or Whipple, is a surgical procedure involving the pancreas, intestines, and other organs. It is usually performed to treat malignancies on the head of the pancreas, common bile duct, or duodenum (which are near the pancreas) but also may be performed ...