In CMS
Jan 18th, 2019
There has been ongoing debate about how to code complex repairs versus tissue transfers and rearrangements. Correct coding requires an understanding of the two surgical approaches. In the latest update to the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Policy Manual for Medicare Services, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) clarifies its definition of these ...
In Coding
Mar 26th, 2018
I often see incorrect medical coding for “flaps”, which were adjacent tissue transfers, 14000-14350. Coders do not always understand that you can only code for the closure of the primary and secondary defect, but not for each flap that is created. Surgeons may have to create multiple flaps to close a defect, but the multiple ...