In Coding
Apr 24th, 2014
Q: How do you decide which CPT® is more appropriate, 20680 Removal of implant; deep (eg, buried wire, pin, screw, metal band, nail, rod or plate) or 20670 Removal of implant; superficial (eg, buried wire, pin or rod) (separate procedure)? Our physician is reporting 20680 for removal of implants on toes, heel, and wrist. Would ...
Oct 1st, 2012
By Wendy Grant, CPC There is no quick way to code an operative (op) report. You must read and reread—think dissection—to be sure your coding reflects all the procedures and diagnoses performed. Code from the Body of the Report To code only the “preoperative diagnosis, postoperative diagnosis, and operation performed,” listed at the beginning of ...
Jun 1st, 2012
CPT® 2012 revises intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring code usage for surgery. By Gloria Galloway, MD, FAAN Use of intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring (IONM) has increased over the last decade due to evidence of its role in reducing or preventing the incidence of paralysis or paraparesis in certain types of surgeries. Changes to CPT® 2012 affect codes used ...
May 1st, 2008
The Impact on the Payer and System Readiness By Deborah Grider, CPC-E/M, CPC-H, CPC-P, CCS-P There will be numerous challenges when implementing ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. According to a study conducted by the Robert E. Nolan Management Consulting Company, the cost to health plans for system implementation may be as high as $1 billion. The estimated ...