In Audit
May 10th, 2016
Before you code a superficial incision and drainage (I&D) of an abscess, it’s important to know whether the procedure is simple or complicated. During an I&D, the provider makes an incision over and into the abscess cavity and allows it to drain. It may be left open allowing the continuation of drainage, loculations may be broken up ...
In Coding
Jul 29th, 2015
By Brenda Edwards, CPC,CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC To code an excision, or an incision and drainage (I&D)? That seems to be an age-old question. Examination of the suspected problem could identify an abscess, cyst, hematoma or seroma. Understanding the differences in these fluid filled pockets is imperative to code accurately. An abscess is filled ...
Aug 1st, 2014
When coding for procedures involving an abscess, you’ll need two pieces of information: The location of the abscess The treatment method (e.g., incision and drainage, excision) for the abscess In some cases, you also may need to know the approach (open, percutaneous) the provider uses in treating the abscess. Know Your Abscess ABCs An abscess ...
Sep 1st, 2012
By Marcella Bucknam, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, CCC, COBGC, CCS, CCS-P The surgical package is a reimbursement concept that bundles all typical care related to a specific surgical service into a single payment. Many surgeons find information about what is bundled confusing, and either inappropriately bundle all of their work into a single payment or ...
In Billing
Feb 10th, 2012
Available Feb. 16, providers will be able to obtain information regarding their electronic health record (EHR) incentive through a new interactive voice response (IVR) self-service option via the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) EHR Information Center. New IVR Tool Puts EHR Incentive Status at Fingertips was last modified: January 17th, 2015 by admin ...