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

You Be the Coder: Capture Special Stains and Metastasis for Proper Coding

Question: Our pathologist examined a liver biopsy, evaluating H&E stained tissue for morphology to help distinguish metastatic carcinoma from primary hepatocellular carcinoma. The pathologist also evaluated a mucicarmine stain. Based on [...]

Posted on: 10 May 2017 | 2:05 am

TB Testing: Translate CDC Test Guidelines to Correct Coding

Distinguish tuberculosis disease from latent TB. With updated tuberculosis (TB) testing guidelines now available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you might need to [...]

Posted on: 10 May 2017 | 2:05 am

Reader Question: Spot Separate MI Blood Tests

Question: Our lab performed two troponin tests four hours apart, as well as a creatine kinase and a CKMB isoenzyme test to evaluate a patient with suspected heart attack. How should [...]

Posted on: 10 May 2017 | 2:05 am

PAMA Update: Grasp This Reprieve for Lab-Test Data Reporting

Now you have until May 31 to get the job done. If you’re an “applicable lab” that has missed the deadline for reporting your lab-test price and [...]

Posted on: 10 May 2017 | 2:05 am

Reader Question: Break Apart Immune Dysfunction Panel

Question: What codes should we use to report our lab’s work when the clinician requests an immune dysfunction panel consisting of B and T cell total counts and absolute CD8 and [...]

Posted on: 10 May 2017 | 2:05 am

Anatomic Pathology: Focus Your Spinal Cord Specimen Coding

Distinguish meninges from spinal cord. If your pathologists work downstream from a neurosurgery practice, you need to know a thing or two about identifying specimens and diagnoses [...]

Posted on: 10 May 2017 | 2:05 am

Reader Question: Get ABN for Molecular Tests

Question: We are an anatomic pathology lab and our pathologists will send cases to an outside reference lab for testing, such as T-cell receptor gene rearrangement. We’ve been told that Medicare [...]

Posted on: 10 May 2017 | 2:05 am

Reader Question: Focus Lynch Syndrome Coding With These Tips

Question: Our lab performs a full gene sequence analysis for MLH1 and finds mutations positive for Lynch syndrome. How should we code the case? Texas Subscriber

Posted on: 13 April 2017 | 4:04 am