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 ...
In Coding
Oct 23rd, 2009
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first fully-robotic surgery device, the da Vinci® surgical system, in early 2000. In recent years, robotic surgery—technically called laparoscopic robotic-assisted surgery—has revolutionized minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Robotic-assistance has been adopted by several surgical specialties for complex procedures, such as mitral valve repair, Rou...
Mar 21st, 2009
By Shelly Bauguss, CPC, CGSC, CANPC, CGIC St. Patrick’s Day became a custom in America in 1737, the first year that St. Patrick’s Day was publically celebrated in Boston. Today, people celebrate the day watching parades, wearing green clothes, and drinking beer. Drinking beer or any alcoholic beverage in moderation is acceptable to most, but ...
In CMS
Feb 13th, 2009
There is not enough evidence to support bariatric surgery in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and a body-mass index (BMI) less than 35 as reasonable and necessary, concluded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in a Feb. 12 decision memo for surgery for diabetes (CAG-00379N). CMS Announces Decision for Bariatric Surgery ...
In CMS
Nov 18th, 2008
In a proposed decision memo, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) states that there is little evidence to support open and laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, or open and laparoscopic biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch as reasonable and necessary in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and a body-mass ...