Jun 1st, 2012
 Find out the latest on gastroesophageal reflux diagnosis and treatment coding. By Rebecca M. Hovis, CPC, CPC-P, CGIC Gastroesophageal reflux is the backward flow of the gastric contents into the esophagus due to improper functioning of the lower esophageal sphincter (also called the cardiac sphincter). Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ICD-9-CM 530.81 Esophageal reflux, is a ...
Jun 1st, 2012
Before you code, know its basics. By Brenda Edwards, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC When it comes to procedure coding, radiology is a world of its own, unlike either evaluation and management (E/M) encounters or surgery. If you are unfamiliar with radiology, here are some basic things to know before you code. Learn the Language It ...
Apr 1st, 2010
By Peggy Stilley, CPC, CPC-I, COBGC, ACS-OB Are you new to obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) coding? Do you wish you knew some helpful tidbits to ease daunting coding tasks? The following are scenarios most-commonly asked about by attendees during question-and-answer sessions while teaching OB/GYN. These “real world” examples can help you tackle day-to-day coding challenges ...
In Coding
Feb 1st, 2010
Don’t settle for a portion of payment—get the full amount. By Meera Mohanakrishnan, CPC, CPC-H Frequently, the total service/procedure described by a single CPT® code is comprised of two distinct portions: a professional component and a technical component. The professional component of a diagnostic service/procedure is provided by the physician, and may include supervision, interpretation, ...
In CMS
Dec 14th, 2009
Physicians should expect claims processing delays when submitting line items with modifier PA Surgery wrong body part, PB Surgery wrong patient, or PC Wrong surgery on patient. Modifier PC, in particular, has created so much confusion among providers, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency has instructed contractors to suspend, review, and develop all ...