Oct 1st, 2012
By Sarah W. Sebikari, MHA, CPC Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, if all adults 50 and older were screened for colon cancer, we could cut the death rate from this disease in half, saving approximately 25,000 lives each year. Colonoscopy is ...
Sep 1st, 2011
Choose codes wisely because the wrong code may equal lost revenue or an audit. By Sarah W. Sebikari, MHA, CPC Incision and drainage (I&D) is a minor surgical procedure that usually can be performed in the office setting by a physician, nurse practitioner (NP), or physician assistant (PA). I&D is a common procedure for an ...
Jul 1st, 2010
By Sarah Sebikari, MHA, CPC CPT® codes designated as “separate procedures” are generally incidental and bundled into a comprehensive/major procedure when performed during the same session, through the same incision, and/or on same anatomic site. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) does not allow separate reporting of a procedure designated as a separate ...