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Coding Ankle Procedures Doesnt Have to Be Your Achilles Heel

03rd April 2012
Because orthopedists use many different terms to describe ankle fractures, coders should seek keywords in physician documentation to determine whether a fracture is bimalleolar, trimalleolar, medial malleolus or lateral malleolus. ... Read >

Choose Wisely Between 92082 and 92083 With This Expert Strategy

30th March 2012
With over $60 on the line, don't risk submitting the wrong code or inadequate documentation Even small practices are likely to have a Humphrey visual field analyzer, yet many optometrists don't know the secrets for securing adequate reimbursement for the... Read >

3 Tips to Improve Selective Vascular Cath Coding

29th March 2012
Don't risk losing up to $315 that Medicare allots for PV studies You know you can't report nonselective catheter placement with selective placement from the same access site but which codes should you report if the physician inserts the catheter selectiv... Read >

Coding for New Procedures: Reporting a Percutaneous Tracheostomy vs. a Surgical Tracheostomy

28th March 2012
Sometimes a physician or group comes up with a new way of performing a procedure or service. This new procedure may work well, be more beneficial to patients and, in some circumstances, save money. But, if this service isnt clearly delineated in CPT , ho... Read >

Coding for Hearing Tests: 92551 versus 92552

27th March 2012
The difference between pure tone hearing tests and threshold hearing tests can confound coders. When do you use 92551 (Screening test, pure tone, air only) versus 92552 (Pure tone audiometry [threshold]; air only)? Tip: Keep in mind that one is a screenin... Read >

Coding Case Study: Meet the Challenge of Multicode Shoulder Surgeries

27th March 2012
Complicated arthroscopic shoulder surgeries often result in multiple surgical procedures being performed in the same session. Where it might be easiest simply to match the procedure to the appropriate code, coders need to be aware not only of the codes th... Read >

Continue to Use Unlisted-Procedure Code for Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair

22nd March 2012
General surgeons who expected CPT 2002 to include a code for reporting laparoscopic repair (LR) of ventral/incisional hernias, take note: Continue to use unlisted-procedure code 49659 (Unlisted laparoscopy procedure, hernioplasty, herniorrhaphy, herniotom... Read >