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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
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