In Coding
Mar 4th, 2018
Lung cancer is the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States, and is the leading cause of cancer death among both sexes. The number one risk factor for lung cancer is cigarette smoking. There are two main types of lung cancer. Small cell carcinoma includes oat cell cancer and ...
Feb 9th, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has determined that lung cancer is a big enough health threat to its senior beneficiaries to warrant coverage for a screening counseling and shared decision-making visits. Certain beneficiaries may qualify for coverage of annual screenings for lung cancer with low dose computed tomography (LDCT), as well. To ...
Aug 6th, 2014
Description: Probable right upper lobe lung adenocarcinoma. Specimen is received fresh for frozen section, labeled with the patient’s identification and “Right upper lobe lung”. CLINICAL HISTORY: Probable right upper lobe lung adenocarcinoma. SPECIMEN: Lung, right upper lobe resection. GROSS DESCRIPTION: Specimen is received fresh for frozen section, labeled with the patient&#...
In Billing
May 1st, 2014
The Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Committee voted in April that it can’t justify paying for annual computed tomography (CT) scans for early lung cancer detection in heavy smokers. According to Modern Healthcare, the committee indicated to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) “that they had little confidence that the benefits of subjecting ...
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 ...