Mar 1st, 2009
Part 2 in spinal series By G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC Spinal fusion involves multiple steps beyond those described by arthrodesis codes 22532-22632, including bone grafting (20930-20938) and instrumentation placement (22840-22851). For complete coding, you should report these additional procedures separately. When extensive decompression accompanies arthrodesis, you may report the procedures ind...
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Nov 18th, 2008
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the therapy services chapter of the Medicare Claims Processing manual to reflect the extension of the therapy caps exceptions process to Dec. 31, 2009, mandated by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPAA) of 2008. CMS also added HCPCS Level II coding requirements. Therapy ...
May 1st, 2008
By Julie Orton Van, CPC, CPC-E/M, CPC-P-GENSG, OBGYN You are either participating in the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) or are thinking about it. If you are among the latter, information may help with your decision. If you are already participating, I’ll clarify some confusing aspects of the initiative. Last December, President Bush signed the ...
Apr 1st, 2008
www.cms.hhs.gov By Linda Templeton, CPC, CPC-H, CCS-P We all know how frustrating it is to complete a project when you don’t have the right tools. The most skilled in a trade find themselves collecting so many tools that it’s hard to remember where the most basic and useful items are. As coders, we are bombarded ...