Sep 1st, 2011
Plus, significant other changes make way for more precise diagnosis reporting. By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an updated ICD-9-CM code set, effective Oct. 1, 2011. The nearly 250 changes include more than a few minor descriptor revisions, but also significant code additions. Among these, the ...
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 Trina Cuppett, CPC, CPC-H and G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC Coding skin neoplasm diagnoses and excisions requires careful attention to detail. The key to accurate reporting is knowing the sort of detail to look for and where to find it. The following basic guidelines will set you on the right path. Diagnosis Reporting: Let ...
In ICD-10
Mar 1st, 2009
Our journey using the ICD-10-CM roadmap leads us to draft guidelines and coding issues focusing on “Understanding the ICD-10-CM Draft Guidelines for the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue.” Consider the codes for the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue located in chapter 12 of ICD-10-CM. Full article: Walk Through Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Crossovers – Coding Edge March ...
Apr 1st, 2008
By Stephen C. Spain, MD, FAAFP, CPC The surgical treatment of common skin lesions is an important source of revenue for most family practice offices. Because skin treatment coding is complex, it’s important for a coder to understand the different procedures and the common skin lesions their providers treat. Familiarize yourself with the following skin ...