Knees: 5 Ways to Overcome the Challenges of Coding PCL Sprains

Key: Understanding 6th and 7th characters leads to fewer denials. As an overlooked but damaging injury to the knee, you may find yourself making mistakes coding posterior [...]

Posted on: 14 July 2017 | 2:07 am

You Be the Coder: Choosing a Modifier Depends on Anesthesia

Question: A knee arthroscopy was stopped early because the patient had an unanticipated infection that threatened the patient’s health. Should I use modifier 52 or modifier 53 to indicate a reduced [...]

Posted on: 14 July 2017 | 2:07 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: The MRI Isn't Always Right

Question: An orthopedic surgeon states in the operative report that he did both a medial and lateral arthroscopic meniscectomy. However, the MRI shows only medial meniscus tear and states that the [...]

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

Shoulders: Revive Your Rotator Cuff Coding By Following These Steps

Key: Knowing the level of trauma will affect what code you use. With so many moving parts and so many ways to damage those parts, coding injuries [...]

Posted on: 14 July 2017 | 2:07 am

Modifiers: Follow These Dos and Don'ts of Using Modifier 78

Master similar modifiers to avoid confusion. Modifiers are important additions to your codes that, when appended correctly, can accurately represent the total costs of your provider. Modifier [...]

Posted on: 14 July 2017 | 2:07 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

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