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Jul 18th, 2014
Although you may not separately report (or receive reimbursement for) a biopsy following a more extensive procedure, such as an excision, at the same anatomic location and patient encounter, you may report the biopsy separately if it precedes and leads to the more extensive procedure. This rule is explained in Chapter IV of the National ...
Sep 1st, 2011
As always, careful review of the documentation is necessary for correct coding, as well. By Brenda Chidester-Palmer, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CASCC, CCS-P When documented by a physician, the simple statement “removal of lesion” can lead to many different coding choices. To choose the correct code, you will need three precise pieces of information: The type ...
Feb 1st, 2011
New debridement codes and revised descriptors will help to capture services accurately By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC, and Terri Brame, MBA, CHC, CPC, CGSC, CPC-H, CPC-I Revisions to CPT® 2011 for integumentary-related services involve three families of debridement codes. Debridement is the removal of dead or infected tissue to improve healing of remaining, healthy tissue. ...
Nov 1st, 2007
By Denae M. Merrill, CPC, with assistance from Frank Schinco, MD Have you ever felt like the wording in the CPT® codebook was written in a foreign language? It seems even more true in the Nervous System: Skull, Meninges, and Brain section. In order to better understand this section, we will break down the wording from ...