In Billing
Apr 1st, 2014
For more precise coding, understand underlying causes, anatomy, and new treatment options for obesity.  By Laurette Pitman, RN, CPC-H, CGIC, CCS Obesity has become a public health concern in the United States. In 2012, 26.2 percent of Americans were considered to be obese; of this population, 4 percent were considered to be morbidly obese. Body ...
Dec 1st, 2012
By Laurette Pitman, RN, CPC-H, CGIC, CCS Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is much easier to report than it is to say; but let your guard down and you might slip up when assigning CPT® codes for ERCP-related procedures. Up-to-date coding information on biliary and pancreatic duct stenting procedures, such as that found in the American ...
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 ...
Nov 1st, 2011
Good documentation and a thorough understanding of anatomy and procedures will help you accurately code this service. By Laurette Pitman, RN, CPC-H, CGIC, CCS Anyone who has had chronic sinus infections knows how miserable the constant headache and facial pressure can be. Fortunately for chronic sufferers, there is a minimally invasive surgical technique to help ...