Hips: 3 Elements To Ethically Maximize Your Bottom Line for Traumatic Hip Dislocation Procedures

If you miss the difference between 27250 and 27252, you could miss out on almost $600. Because coding hip dislocations can be disorienting, you are liable to [...]

Posted on: 31 May 2017 | 3:05 am

You Be the Coder: Compare Extensive Versus Limited Debridement

Question: I’m not sure if I should use the extensive debridement code or the limited debridement code. My provider performed a labral debridement, articular shaving and chondroplasty, with a diagnostic arthroscopy. [...]

Posted on: 31 May 2017 | 3:05 am

E/M: 3 Myths Will Neutralize Your 99211 Mistakes Before They Happen

Hint: You can use 99211 for physicians. Although you’re savvy when it comes to reporting those pesky fracture codes, you should not neglect your E/M coding know-how, [...]

Posted on: 31 May 2017 | 3:05 am

Reader Question: Check Extent of Erosion in Tumor Excision

Question: Our surgeon did a planned release of an A-1 pulley with excision mass over DIP joint, and ended up releasing both A-1 and A-2 pulleys.  The mass over the DIP [...]

Posted on: 31 May 2017 | 3:05 am

Injuries: 'Tis the Season for Biking Accidents: Common Ailments and How to Code for Them

Here are three tips for reporting Lisfranc injuries. The sun is out. People are on the sidewalks again. But an active population brings with it a slew [...]

Posted on: 31 May 2017 | 3:05 am

Reader Question: Look At Global Period For Repeat Drainage Of Finger Abscess

Question: For a patient who reported back to the ED for a wound check following drainage of the simple abscess in his index finger of the right hand, our surgeon examined [...]

Posted on: 31 May 2017 | 3:05 am

Reader Question: Do Not Treat Accessory Soleus as Soft Tissue Tumor

Question: How do we code for excision of accessory soleus muscle in leg? Can we report this as excision of soft tissue tumor? Florida Subscriber [...]

Posted on: 31 May 2017 | 3:05 am

Reader Question: Determine if 20550 Includes Ultrasound Guidance

Question: My doctor conducted an aspiration of a cyst in the back of the right knee using ultrasound to guide an injection used during the operation. My gut is telling me [...]

Posted on: 9 May 2017 | 2:05 am

Reader Question: Looking to Code Injection on the Piriformis With Fluoro? Your Answer is Here

Question: There is some disagreement between my provider and I. For an injection of the piriformis with fluoroscopy, I typically use the code 20552. The doctor however insists that we use [...]

Posted on: 9 May 2017 | 2:05 am

Reader Question: Navigate Modifiers 78 and 79 With This Advice

Question: Recently, a patient came to our office for a follow up after he had an arthroscopy on the knee. After observation, he had right knee arthroscopy with recurrent effusion. We [...]

Posted on: 9 May 2017 | 2:05 am