Sep 1st, 2013
Learn confusing eponyms and techniques to help make coding easier. By Heidi Stout, CPC, COSC, CCS-P Coding surgical procedures to correct bunion and hallux valgus deformities can be intimidating. With a wide variety of surgical techniques that are referenced using an eponym (proper name), choosing the correct codes can be challenging, even for seasoned orthopaedic ...
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 ...
Oct 23rd, 2009
By David J. Freedman, DPM, FASPS, CPC While reviewing records for submission, I often see coding and billing errors in foot, ankle, and lower leg claims. Bypassing the following seven common foot and ankle mistakes and using certain tips for ensuring successful coding will help you collect what your practice is entitled to. Give Unsupported ...
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Oct 5th, 2009
Having trouble getting paid for genioglossos advancement? The American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery and your state otolaryngology society may be of assistance. The AAO-HNS recently sent letters to Wisconsin Physician Services (WPS) and Anthem Blue Cross regarding their coverage policies for mandibular segmental osteotomy with genioglossus advancement (21199, Osteotomy, mandib...