In CMS
Jan 18th, 2019
There has been ongoing debate about how to code complex repairs versus tissue transfers and rearrangements. Correct coding requires an understanding of the two surgical approaches. In the latest update to the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Policy Manual for Medicare Services, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) clarifies its definition of these ...
In Billing
Dec 2nd, 2013
Tissue adhesives, such as Dermabond®, may be used alone or in combination with other methods (e.g., sutures or staples) for laceration repair or to close surgical wounds. The adhesive is applied directly to the skin or tissue of an open wound to hold the margins closed for healing. Proper coding for tissue adhesives has changed ...
In CMS
Nov 1st, 2013
Find three important details in the wound repair report, and you’ve got the case all sewn up. by G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC When coding for wound repair (closure), you must search the clinical documentation to determine three things: The complexity of the repair (simple, intermediate, or complex) The anatomic location of the wounds closed The ...
Jul 1st, 2012
By Ken Camilleis, CPC, CPC-I, CMRS   Add-on code +15777 Implantation of biologic implant (eg, acellular dermal matrix) for soft tissue reinforcement (eg, breast, trunk) (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) was added to the “Other Flaps and Grafts” category of the Integumentary System, Repair subheading in CPT® 2012 to describe the ...
Nov 1st, 2011
Push your hernia coding to where it belongs, with the experts. By Melissa Brown, RHIA, CPC, CPC-I, CFPC Comedian Bill Cosby tells an entertaining story about being the center of attention after he gave himself a hernia lifting a heavy sewer lid. The punch line involves what happens when Fat Albert—the cartoon character voiced by ...