In Coding
Oct 18th, 2017
Generally, wound care involves assessment and management of the wound, cleansing of the wound, simple debridement, and removal and reapplication of the wound dressings. In most cases, it is inappropriate to report an E/M service in addition to a wound care service (e.g., debridement, application of an Unna’s boot, etc.); however, if during the wound ...
In Coding
Jan 2nd, 2015
Low-frequency ultrasound (LFU) (e.g., MIST® Therapy), is a type of therapeutic, noncontact ultrasound used to treat chronic wounds. Per CPT Assistant (June 2014), such wounds may include: Recalcitrant wounds Pressure ulcers Diabetic foot ulcers Arterial ulcers Venous insufficiency ulcers Post surgical wounds Sickle cell ulcers Colonized wounds Burns LFU is used when there may not ...
Jun 1st, 2012
It’s a worthwhile venture, but document and code claims carefully to get paid. By Marty Kotlar, DC, CHCC, CBCS Adding therapeutic procedures and modalities can be a great adjunct to a chiropractic practice. Many doctors of chiropractic medicine incorporate therapeutic procedures and modalities, and most insurance carriers (except Medicare) will reimburse chiropractors for them. Supervised ...
In Billing
Jun 10th, 2011
The July update to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) fee schedule includes codes added retroactively to Jan. 1, 2011, as well as new suction pump and oxygen codes, and new proof-of-delivery requirements. The significant changes to Medicare policy include the addition of fees for the following codes, ...
Aug 1st, 2010
Get your physicians to document correctly or leave money on the table. By Holly J. Cassano, CPC To be descriptive enough to create a clear picture of the procedure performed, debridement documentation in the outpatient setting must describe: Method of debridement—The most common methods include: Wet-to-dry dressings. Wet dressings are applied to the wound and ...