Reader Question: Underline These Allograft, Autograft Terms

Question: What’s the difference between a spinal allograft and an autograft? Ohio Subscriber Answer: If the surgeon harvests bone from the patient’s own body, [...]

Posted on: 1 February 2017 | 1:02 am

ICD-10: Straining to Find a Neck Sprain Code? Here are Your Options

Watch out: Careful of what seventh character you apply. Neck sprain means that the patient presents with damage to the ligaments of the neck. To [...]

Posted on: 1 February 2017 | 1:02 am

You Be the Coder: Find Out When You Can Bill 29540

Question: Can we report 29540 for strapping with other procedures, such as fracture care, or is it bundled into the main procedure? Florida Subscriber

Posted on: 1 February 2017 | 1:02 am

Reader Question: Document '3-Rs' for Consultation E/M

Question: Is it true that we can never code for E/M “consultations?” SuperCoder Subscriber Answer: No, it is not true that you can never [...]

Posted on: 1 February 2017 | 1:02 am

E/M Coding: Do You Know When You Can Use Prolonged-Service Codes? Find Out

Key: Count only face-to-face time and document necessity. When your physician performs an E/M service and spends more time than usual, you can may be [...]

Posted on: 1 February 2017 | 1:02 am

Fractures: Boost Your Bottom Line By Knowing How to Use Vertebroplasty, Kyphoplasty Add-On Codes

Hint: Whether levels are contiguous or not, report only one primary procedure. Although vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are different procedures, you have to follow nearly identical [...]

Posted on: 1 February 2017 | 12:02 am

You Be the Coder: Reduction for Dislocation

Question: Our orthopedist completed a reduction in the office for a dislocation, placed a splint, and took postreduction films. Then, he completed another reduction of the same area, placed [...]

Posted on: 18 December 2016 | 7:12 pm

E/M: Benefit from These 4 Handy E/M Coding Tips or Lose Precious Dollars

Watch for chances to upcode the encounter. When reporting E/M encounters, you might end up raising red flags if you are always reporting the same [...]

Posted on: 18 December 2016 | 7:12 pm

Reader Question: Multiple Units of 77002 May Cause Problems

Question:  When we perform multiple injections at the same time, can we report 77002 more than once? Colorado Subscriber Answer: Technically, you should be [...]

Posted on: 18 December 2016 | 7:12 pm

Reader Question: Verify Brace Fitting Purpose Before Billing

Question: Can we bill for a brace fitting prior to surgery? If so, what codes do we report? New York Subscriber Answer: Verify the [...]

Posted on: 18 December 2016 | 7:12 pm