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General Surgery Coding Alert

Integumentary System:
4 FAQs Focus Skin Biopsy Coding
One trick keeps multiple biopsy claims clean. A year into the skin biopsy-code overhaul, ... Read more
Case Study:
Break Down Esophageal Case for Appropriate Code(s)
Prosthesis placement is just one step. When your surgeon faces an encounter layered with ... Read more
E/M:
Master Critical Care Guidelines for Clean Claims
Time is on your side. When your surgeon treats a patient who is in critical condition, yo... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Don’t Miss Laparotomy Pay
Question: Our surgeon returns a patient to the OR four days following an open partial cole... Read more
Reader Question:
Find the Missing ‘Payable Diagnoses’
Question: We've always turned to our Medicare contractor's LCDs to find a list of payable ... Read more
Reader Question:
Wait for It — Final Dx
Question: Our surgeon excised a “lump” from a patient's right forearm based on a reque... Read more
CPT® Update:
Renew Vascular Coding Know How for 2020
Check out codes for pericardiocentesis and more. Keep your circulatory claims in tip-top ... Read more
2020 MPFS:
See How Final Rule Affects Your General Surgery Practice
Follow care-management modifications. E/M coding and payment updates lead the charge of M... Read more
Physician Fee Schedule:
Countdown to E/M Overhaul
The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule contains no surprises regarding when... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Code to Capture Screening Intent
Question: While performing a screening flexible sigmoidoscopy, the surgeon detected and re... Read more
Reader Question:
Avoid Elliptical Measure for Lesion Excision
Question: Last month you answered a reader question about coding malignant lesion excision... Read more
Reader Question:
Factor Time Into Online E/M
Question: How should we report online E/M service in 2020 if it's true that CPT® is delet... Read more
Reader Question:
Protect ePHI
Question: Our office wants to use electronic faxing for medical records, and we want to kn... Read more