In Coding
Oct 15th, 2014
Robotic surgery is covered by routine and customary laparoscopic CPT® and ICD-9-CM coding practices, existing medical policies for advanced laparoscopic surgery, and current payer contract rates. The primary surgical procedure remains laparoscopic: You should not report unlisted procedure codes or modifier 22 Increased procedural services for robotic assistance (except perhaps, for instance, there ...
Sep 4th, 2012
A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology compared outcomes of Medicare-aged men who had undergone open retropubic radical prostatectomy against those who had undergone the same procedure by robotic-assisted laparoscopic approach, and determined that outcomes were no better using the latter technique. The skill of the surgeon and the number of prostatectomies done ...
Sep 1st, 2008
By Koressa Gregory, CPC< Obesity is a serious medical condition affecting more than 60 percent of the U.S. population. It is the second leading cause of premature death in the United States., according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and is second to smoking; with 400,000 preventable deaths annually. Approximately $238 billion ...