FAQ: Know Your Open/Closed Rib Fracture Fix Codes

Incision key in coding these scenarios correctly. When patients report to the orthopedist for repair to rib fractures, coding can get complicated if you don't know certain [...]

Posted on: 6 February 2018 | 4:02 am

Reader Question: Remember 25 for your E/M/Injection Encounters

Question: Encounter notes indicate that the provider performed a level-four evaluation and management (E/M) service for a new patient, and then performed a tendon sheath injection. How should I report [...]

Posted on: 6 February 2018 | 4:02 am

Reader Question: NPI Leads the Way to Part A/B Decision

Question: The hospital admitted a Medicare patient three days ago, and she underwent emergency surgery today. Would this surgery fall under Medicare Part A or Medicare Part B? Can you [...]

Posted on: 6 February 2018 | 4:02 am

CCI: Heed Hammertoe Edit on Capsulotomies

New edit sports modifier indicator of '1.' To kick off 2018, let's take a look at a late-year Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) edit that bundles a pair [...]

Posted on: 6 February 2018 | 4:02 am

You Be the Coder: Go Deep into Details for Specific Limb Length Dx

Question: Notes indicate that the provider performed a level-three new patient evaluation and management (E/M) service for a patient with acquired unequal limb length. What is the proper ICD-10 code [...]

Posted on: 6 February 2018 | 4:02 am

Reader Question: Prove Previous Tx Attempts on CT Appeal

Question: Three months ago, our provider saw a patient complaining of wrist pain, a burning sensation that travelled up her arm, and tingling and numbness in the first three fingers [...]

Posted on: 6 February 2018 | 4:02 am

Reader Question: Lean on this List for PFSH Conundrums

Question: Can you give me an example of pertinent past, family, and social history (PFSH) versus complete PFSH? Oregon Subscriber Answer: When it comes [...]

Posted on: 6 February 2018 | 4:02 am

E/M Coding: Use Targeted ROS Advice, Zero in on Correct Code

This FAQ sheds light on common system review problems. A key component to most evaluation and management (E/M) services is the review of systems (ROS). Though the [...]

Posted on: 6 February 2018 | 4:02 am

Reader Question: Use Long-Arm Splint Code for Elbow Injury

Question: A young athlete came into our office with a sprained elbow he received while playing soccer. Our orthopedist immobilized the elbow by strapping and splinting. What are the best [...]

Posted on: 4 January 2018 | 4:01 am

Reader Question: Check for E/M on this I&D Encounter

Question: One of our established patients with diabetes recently competed in a marathon. Several days later, he reported to our practitioner with pain and swelling in his left big toe. [...]

Posted on: 4 January 2018 | 4:01 am