In Coding
Apr 5th, 2019
The 2019 CPT® codebook introduced three new, add-on codes to report bone allograft: + 20932 Allograft, includes templating, cutting, placement and internal fixation, when performed; osteoarticular, including articular surface and contiguous bone (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) + 20933 … hemicortical intercalary, partial (ie, hemicylindrical) (List separately in addition ...
Part 2: Knowledge is your best defense against up-coding and missing or insufficient documentation. This month, we conclude our review of common mistakes leading to orthopedic claims denials, with tips to avoid those mistakes. In the last issue, we discussed unbundling and medical policies. Now, we’ll discuss up-coding and no or insufficient documentation. Note: Although this ...
Jun 18th, 2012
AAPC member Stephanie Ellis, RN, CPC was a recent speaker at the 10th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference in Chicago and highlighted ASC coding issues for 15 CPT codes during her presentation. “ACL repairs and reconstructions. Arthroscopic ACL repairs are coded 29888,” Ellis said. “She said to use code 27407 for an ...
Oct 14th, 2011
Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC is the director of education for AAPC and was recently featured in Becker’s Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management talking about some of the top tips orthopedic practices should consider when expanding. Specifically, Jimenez highlights the need for coders in these practices to see what their top codes are and ...
Mar 31st, 2011
Recently, Becker’s Orthopedic featured an article with four tips to optimizing an orthopedic practice’s staff. AAPC Physician Services Regional Director Eva-Marie Alexander was one expert quoted in the article on the tip for standardizing the collection process. “Train the staff to really make the process flawless, and make sure everyone disseminates the same information to ...