From wound repair to incision and drainage, know which CPT® codes accurately report simple to complex medical procedures. Laceration repair and abscess drainage are common in the urgent care setting. Let’s review proper medical coding and documentation for these integumentary procedures. Laceration Repairs Patients often present to the urgent care with minor injuries, including lacerations. ...
Overlooking minor changes can be a costly mistake. Within the Surgery section of CPT®, the new year brings just two new Integumentary codes, and deletes a single Musculoskeletal code. Minor changes such as these are easy to overlook, but costly to ignore. Integumentary Updates Fiducial markers serve as radiologic landmarks. Using imaging guidance, each marker ...
Dec 1st, 2012
By Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC and G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC The practice of medicine constantly evolves. Established roads change direction. Familiar landmarks disappear, and new paths emerge. Even those who know the lay of the land can feel lost in an ever-shifting terrain of technologies, methods, and standards of care. To keep ...
Jul 1st, 2012
By Ken Camilleis, CPC, CPC-I, CMRS   Add-on code +15777 Implantation of biologic implant (eg, acellular dermal matrix) for soft tissue reinforcement (eg, breast, trunk) (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) was added to the “Other Flaps and Grafts” category of the Integumentary System, Repair subheading in CPT® 2012 to describe the ...
Oct 1st, 2008
By Sarah Todt, RN, CPC-EDS The ED coder needs a thorough understanding of integumentary system anatomy and the procedures associated with it. The injury description and the performed procedures will lead the coder to proper code selection. Procedure codes vary based on the type of illness or injury and the technique used. Let’s focus on ...