In Billing
Mar 29th, 2016
When discussing the body planes, we look at the body in anatomical position, which is erect with feet slightly apart and palms facing forward, with thumbs pointing away from the body. Body planes include the frontal plane, also referred to as the coronal plane, which divides the body into front, or anterior, and back, or ...
In Coding
Dec 10th, 2010
As you scan through your new CPT® 2011 codebook, you may notice that 92135 isn’t in its old, familiar spot. In fact, the scanning computerized ophthalmic diagnostic imaging (SCODI) code has been removed from the 2011 lineup entirely. In its place you will find three new codes to report for imaging services that allow for greater specificity. ...
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...
Dec 1st, 2008
By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC, director of Clinical Coding Communication To report spinal arthrodesis accurately, coders must distinguish among the various approach procedures the surgeon may select. Broadly speaking, these approaches fall into three categories: anterior, posterior, and lateral. Anterior Approaches During an anterior approach, the surgeon places the patient supine (lying face up) and...