Mar 1st, 2015
New codes distinguish between the two spinal surgeries, and bundle additional services. By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC Percutaneous vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure during which the surgeon injects “bone cement” (methyl methacrylate) into a vertebra(e) to fill vertebral fractures and restore spinal integrity. Percutaneous vertebral augmentation (a.k.a., kyphoplasty or balloon-assisted ...
New codes require you to rethink code selection. By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC CPT® 2015 radically changes how you report treatment of rib fractures this year. External fixation is now coded as an unlisted procedure, while open treatment options are defined by new codes and differentiated by the number of ribs involved. Say Goodbye to ...
Have a Coding Quandary? Ask John Q: I am searching on criteria for obesity counseling (G0447 Face-to-face behavioral counseling for obesity, 15 minutes). Our dietitian attended a seminar at which a consultant advised that dieticians can bill this service for Medicare patients. Can you please clarify and advise? Bhavna Patel, CPC A: A dietician may report ...
Sep 1st, 2014
Cerumen removal reporting done right. By  G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC Some CPT® codes cause more than their share of confusion, and judging from the feedback we receive from Healthcare Business Monthly readers, one such code is 69210 Removal impacted cerumen requiring instrumentation, unilateral. Here’s the information you need to clear the confusion. E/M Covers Most ...
Sometimes getting paid for additional work takes ingenuity. Q: In our family practice, I occasionally see documentation stating that one of our physicians removed sutures that were placed by another provider outside the practice, such as an emergency department physician. Should we code separately for the suture removal? A: Both CPT® and the Centers for ...