Nov 1st, 2012
By Jacqueline J. Stack, BSHA, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CFPC, CIMC, CPEDC No doubt you’ve heard that moving to ICD-10-CM will give you more specific choices for coding diagnoses. This data-driven code set will enable us to code to the highest level of specificity. But our ability to do that will still rely on how well ...
May 1st, 2012
Place of service errors are on the OIG hit list, so be sure your coding is up to par. By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has included place-of-service (POS) errors as an area for review in its ...
Sep 1st, 2011
As always, careful review of the documentation is necessary for correct coding, as well. By Brenda Chidester-Palmer, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CASCC, CCS-P When documented by a physician, the simple statement “removal of lesion” can lead to many different coding choices. To choose the correct code, you will need three precise pieces of information: The type ...
Aug 1st, 2011
It’s crucial to your ICD-10 plan. By Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC The conversion to 5010 has gotten much less notoriety than that given to ICD-10, but to make ICD-10 work, you will first need to tackle 5010. The most widely recognized change in the 5010 electronic data interchange (EDI) architecture ...
Apr 1st, 2009
Location, quantity, and a physician doing two jobs are key to this procedure. By Susan Ward, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CDERC, CEMC, CPRC Mohs micrographic surgery is a highly-effective technique for treating skin cancer, which commonly includes basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Mohs micrographic surgery is used less often for patient with melanoma, which ...