In Coding
Dec 22nd, 2015
Esophagogastric fundoplasty involves wrapping the upper portion of the stomach (the fundus) around the esophagus to strengthen the valve between the esophagus and stomach, thereby inhibiting acid from backing up into the esophagus. CPT® 2016 introduces 43210 Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, flexible, transoral; with esophagogastric fundoplasty, partial or complete, includes duodenoscopy when performed f...
Jun 1st, 2012
 Find out the latest on gastroesophageal reflux diagnosis and treatment coding. By Rebecca M. Hovis, CPC, CPC-P, CGIC Gastroesophageal reflux is the backward flow of the gastric contents into the esophagus due to improper functioning of the lower esophageal sphincter (also called the cardiac sphincter). Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ICD-9-CM 530.81 Esophageal reflux, is a ...
Nov 30th, 2009
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notice to health care professionals Nov. 17 of new safety information concerning an interaction between clopidogrel (Plavix), an anti-clotting medication, and omeprazole (Prilosec/Prilosec OTC), a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) used to reduce stomach acid. New data show that when Plavix and Prilosec are taken together, the ...