You Be the Coder: You Can Maximize Cast Codes With the Right Know How

Question: I had no trouble coding for an ostectomy for a calcaneus spur, but I’m not sure how to code the resulting cast. Because the spur was on the heel, the [...]

Posted on: 1 August 2017 | 3:08 am

Reader Question: Complex Sports Injury Codes Can Be Made Easy

Question: The surgeon repaired a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and a torn medial meniscus on a Medicare patient. He also performed chondroplasty on the lateral femoral condyle. How do I [...]

Posted on: 1 August 2017 | 3:08 am

Hips: Debunking Myths About Causes of Hip Surgery Can Maximize Reimbursements

Key: Append modifier 78 if infection occurs during global period of firstprocedure. The cause of a hip replacement is almost as important as the surgery itself. Factors [...]

Posted on: 1 August 2017 | 3:08 am

E/M: Find Out the Best Ways to Use EHRs When Coding

Key: EHRs do not track physical examinations. Among the many data tools available to your practice, useful electronic health records (EHRs) organize the medical and treatment history [...]

Posted on: 1 August 2017 | 3:08 am

Reader Question: Knowing the Site of Injection Changes Your Code

Question: The surgeon treated a patient with De Quervain’s tendinitis. So after an injection into the tendon sheath, I coded 20551. My claim was denied. What did I do wrong? [...]

Posted on: 1 August 2017 | 3:08 am

Reader Question: Each Metatarsal Fractures Requires a Distinct Service

Question: A patient came in with a Lisfranc fracture in their left foot so the orthopedist performed an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of the right foot Lisfranc fracture and [...]

Posted on: 1 August 2017 | 3:08 am

Benchmarking: Answers to Your Benchmarking Questions Can Improve Your Practice's Operations

Monthly benchmarking means your practice can observe granular trends more easily. A good practice thrives on solid financial data. Current financial data your practice receives is compared [...]

Posted on: 1 August 2017 | 3:08 am

Reader Question: A Sequestrectomy Involves More than an Extraction

Question: For a patient with of chronic osteomyelitis in their shoulder, my orthopedist performed a sequestrectomy on the clavicle. Since the surrounding tissue was infected, should I also report a drainage [...]

Posted on: 1 August 2017 | 3:08 am

Reader Question: Learn About A Less Common 7th Character

Question: I use the code S82.821 to report a torus fracture. The patient in question returned with some delayed healing so I used the seventh character D to indicate the subsequent [...]

Posted on: 14 July 2017 | 2:07 am

Reader Question: How to Tell When to Use 77002 and 76000

Question: In the reconstructive surgeon’s office “office where I work, I see”, I see the same two imaging codes over and over again when it comes to wrist reconstructions: 77002 and [...]

Posted on: 14 July 2017 | 2:07 am