Tag Archive | "orthopedic coding"

Ring In the New Year With Review of CMS Policy Changes

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

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We’ve already talked here a lot about CPT® changes for 2016. And in the run up to October 1, it felt like we were on ICD-10 overload 24/7. But now that 2016 is here, it’s also important to review healthcare policy updates that could affect your practice’s orthopedics billing and coding and reimbursement. No Big […]

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Are Hand Drainage Procedures Draining Your Reimbursement Too?

Monday, July 2, 2012

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While performing a drainage procedure on patient’s hand, your surgeon may target different structures, as there are several points of collection of pus. You may need to report procedures like drainage of a finger abscess, tendon sheath, or palmar bursa. Read on to learn how you can identify where in the hand your surgeon did […]

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ICD-10-CM: Prepare Your Documentation Checklist For Gout

Monday, April 23, 2012

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You might think that diagnosis of gout might be easy enough to code, but if you look at your ICD-9 choices you’ll find more than 10 viable options. To prepare your transition to ICD-10 when you’ll have even more choices to consider, you should ask your physician to provide details to help you zone in […]

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Get Up to Speed On The New Status of 29826

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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The way you’ll report arthroscopic acromioplasties has changed this year, so not applying code +29826 (Arthroscopy, shoulder, surgical; decompression of subacromial space with partial acromioplasty, with coracoacromial ligament [i.e. arch] release, when performed [List separately in addition to code for primary procedure]), which is no longer a standalone code, properly can cost you your reimbursement. […]

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