Jun 1st, 2012
2012 introduces new codes for both diagnostic and surgical VATS. By Laurette Pitman, RN, CPC-H, CGIC, CCS Due to advances in surgical procedures, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has an increasing role in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of thoracic disorders that previously required sternotomy or open thoracotomy. Patients who undergo this procedure ...
In CMS
Oct 15th, 2010
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed decision memorandum Oct. 8 regarding national coverage for the home use of oxygen to treat cluster headaches. “The evidence does not demonstrate that the home use of oxygen to treat cluster headache improves health outcomes in Medicare beneficiaries with cluster headache (CH),” CMS states in ...
Jul 1st, 2010
By Sarah Sebikari, MHA, CPC CPT® codes designated as “separate procedures” are generally incidental and bundled into a comprehensive/major procedure when performed during the same session, through the same incision, and/or on same anatomic site. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) does not allow separate reporting of a procedure designated as a separate ...