When doctors describe lumps and bumps inconsistently, look to the definitive diagnosis for clarity. Coding lesions, masses, and tumors can be tricky because some providers use these three terms interchangeably in the same operative note. By the time youve finished reading the note, you don’t know what type of lump or bump you’re coding. That’s ...
Jun 1st, 2012
Before you code, know its basics. By Brenda Edwards, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC When it comes to procedure coding, radiology is a world of its own, unlike either evaluation and management (E/M) encounters or surgery. If you are unfamiliar with radiology, here are some basic things to know before you code. Learn the Language It ...
Sep 1st, 2011
As always, careful review of the documentation is necessary for correct coding, as well. By Brenda Chidester-Palmer, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CASCC, CCS-P When documented by a physician, the simple statement “removal of lesion” can lead to many different coding choices. To choose the correct code, you will need three precise pieces of information: The type ...
Jun 2nd, 2011
During the most recent AAPC National Conference, AAPC Physician Services Regional Director Betty Johnson, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CCS-P, PCS, CPC-H, RMC, CCP, CIC, CPCD and AAPC ICD-10 trainer Susan  Ward, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CEMC, CPCD, CPRC presented “Lesions and Masses and Tumors, Oh My!” to attendees. Just Coding was on-hand for the presentation and recently wrote ...
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Jan 20th, 2009
On Jan. 6 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a national coverage determination (NCD) broadening initial diagnostic testing with positron emission tomography (PET) scans for many Medicare beneficiaries’ cancer treatment. Comment on CMS PET Scan Expansion was last modified: July 5th, 2011 by admin aapc...