In Coding
Jan 2nd, 2015
The term “blephoraplasty,” precisely defined, “most often means the removal of excess eyelid skin, some orbicularis muscle, and orbital fat,” according to CPT Assistant (May 2004). Blepharoplasty CPT® codes include: 15820 Blepharoplasty, lower eyelid; 15821 Blepharoplasty, lower eyelid with extensive herniated fat pad 15822 Blepharoplasty, upper eyelid; 15823 Blepharoplasty, upper eyelid with exces...
Apr 1st, 2012
Part 1: Make room for the latest in CPT® coding. By Marvel J. Hammer, RN, CPC, CCS-P, PCS, ACS-PM, CHCO, and G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC CPT® 2012 brings important changes to pain management coding. In the first of this two-part series, we’ll: Review the revised coding guidelines for sacroiliac (SI) joint injection. Clarify the methodology ...
May 1st, 2010
By G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC In medicine—and equally so in medical coding—location matters. As such, physician coders must be adept when applying the three modifiers most commonly used to identify more precisely the locations at which a procedure occur: Modifiers 50 Bilateral procedure, LT Left side, and RT Right side. Mirror Image Procedures on ...