Reader Question: Strike Off 77003 for Fluoroscopy with Epidural Injections in 2017

Question: How can we report fluoroscopic guidance with epidural injections in 2017? What are the new codes we can anticipate? Are we going to use code 77003 going to use code [...]

Posted on: 7 March 2017 | 1:03 am

SAMPLE MODIFIER 22 LETTER

Note re -22 Modifier for Unusual Procedural Services: A –22 Modifier was added for Unusual Procedural Services due to the difficulty and complexity of the case, which involved revision surgery [...]

Posted on: 7 March 2017 | 1:03 am

Shoulders: Seize the Reimbursement You Deserve For Shoulder Sequestrectomy

Find out if you need to report a code for removing a soft tissue abscess. Although the term “sequestrectomy” sounds complex, you can simplify these procedures by [...]

Posted on: 7 March 2017 | 1:03 am

Reader Question: Only Report 23480 When Osteotomy Is Documented

Question: Our surgeon did an open repair and internal fixation with Vitoss bone graft for a non-union of the clavicle. The operative note stated that “rongeur and curette” were used. Does [...]

Posted on: 7 March 2017 | 1:03 am

You Be the Coder: Tendon Rupture Path May Support Distinct Procedure

Question: Our surgeon repaired a bimalleolar fracture and the posterior tibial tendon. The tendon was completely ruptured. What I am confused about is whether I can report the tendon repair with [...]

Posted on: 7 March 2017 | 1:03 am

Reader Question: How to Code Both Meniscal, Articular Knee Shavings

Question: My orthopedist performed the following knee procedure: “Examination of the patient’s right knee with the scope showed the effusion to be serous and this was washed free. [...]

Posted on: 7 March 2017 | 1:03 am

Hips: Solve 3 Scenarios to Hoist Your Total Hip Replacement Coding to Success

Overlooking the underlying cause can put your bottom line in jeopardy. Infections or dislocations in the replaced hip can happen — which means you have to know [...]

Posted on: 7 March 2017 | 1:03 am

Add-On Codes: Bust These 3 Myths Before Applying Add-on Codes

You can report some add-on codes more than once. If you’re relying on modifier 51 every time you report additional procedures, you could be making costly mistakes. [...]

Posted on: 7 March 2017 | 1:03 am

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, you’ll code [...]

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 code for [...]

Posted on: 1 February 2017 | 1:02 am