Reader Question: Mohs Means 1 Physician, 2 Services

Question: Our dermatopathologist removed a squamous cell carcinoma from the patient’s nose and processed it in three blocks, examined the tissue, and found the margins were not clear. The dermatopathologist proceeded [...]

Posted on: 8 June 2017 | 5:06 am

Reader Question: Find Specific CF Test and Dx Codes

Question: Our lab received an order for a direct sputum acid-fast stain and culture in a patient who has cystic fibrosis with pulmonary exacerbation. The culture identifies Mycobacteria pneumoniae. What are [...]

Posted on: 8 June 2017 | 5:06 am

Reader Question: Learn This TC/26 Modifier Trick

Question: Our lab analyst performed a polarized light-microscopy exam of synovial fluid from a patient’s knee to evaluate for gout, but a pathologist who is not part of our lab interpreted [...]

Posted on: 8 June 2017 | 5:06 am

You Be the Coder: Focus Calculi Procedure and Dx Codes

Question: Our pathologist examined a specimen identified as a kidney stone and ordered an infrared analysis. What are the diagnosis and procedure codes for this case? Texas Subscriber

Posted on: 8 June 2017 | 4:06 am

Anatomic Pathology: Study 4 Examples for Correct Soft Tissue Coding

Follow diagnosis-code lead. If you face a pathology report labeled “soft tissue mass,” you might have your coding work cut out for you. “Soft [...]

Posted on: 8 June 2017 | 4:06 am

Reader Question: Dictate Breast Cancer Diagnosis to 7th Digit

Question: The pathologist examined a breast mass from a 42-year-old male. The surgical report described the location of the mass as the right nipple and areola. The pathologist diagnosed infiltrating ductal [...]

Posted on: 8 June 2017 | 4:06 am

CCI: Minimize Edit-Pair Impact on Your Bottom Line

Uncover secrets of PTP modifiers and more. Confusion over Medicare’s National Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) program can thwart your clean claims -- and cost you pay that [...]

Posted on: 8 June 2017 | 4:06 am

CCI Version 23.1: Beware Pathology Consultation with Molecular Test Codes

Catch some interpretation bundles, too. CMS wants to make sure you know how NOT to report your pathologist’s service to interpret or consult on the results of [...]

Posted on: 8 June 2017 | 4:06 am

Reader Question: Focus Hepatitis Coding in Pregnancy

Question: A physician ordered a hepatic function panel for a 32-week pregnant patient with suspected Hepatitis C based on symptoms of pruritus. How should we code this? SuperCoder [...]

Posted on: 10 May 2017 | 3:05 am

Reader Question: Protect Data on Mobile Devices

Question: Is it true that the Office for Civil Rights can collect damages for lost mobile devices that contain protected health information? SuperCoder Subscriber Answer: Yes, [...]

Posted on: 10 May 2017 | 3:05 am