In Coding
Feb 3rd, 2014
The first three digits of a fracture diagnosis (ICD-9-CM) code describe the fracture location. For instance, codes series 800.xx-804.xx describes fractures of the skull, while code series 820.xx-829.xx describes fractures of the lower limbs. The fourth digit of a fracture code usually identifies the fracture as either “open” or “closed.” For example, ICD-9-CM 813.41 describes ...
May 1st, 2012
Part 2: Make room for the latest in CPT® coding. By Marvel J. Hammer, RN, CPC, CCS-P, CHCO, ACS-PM, and G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC CPT® 2012 has brought important changes to pain management coding. Last month, in the article “Move Over Obsolete Pain Management Coding,” we reviewed new coding guidance for sacroiliac (SI) joint injection, ...
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 Terri Brame, MBA, CHC, CPC, CPC-H, CGSC, CPC-I Surgical wound closure can be confusing and vague, but you can sew up your wound closure knowledge by returning to the basics. CPT® foundation concepts always apply and can help you navigate wound closure and delayed closure procedures. Define Your Terms Keep the definitions of primary, ...
Apr 1st, 2010
By Janice G. Jacobs, CPA, CPC, CCS, ROCC Stereotactic radiosurgery is a noninvasive method of delivering external radiation to eradicate or immobilize tumors or other abnormalities using highly-focused gamma rays or X-ray beams that converge on the area of interest with minimal damage to the surrounding tissues. Stereotactic radiosurgery is performed on various types of ...