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Orthopedic Coding Alert

Use This Guide to Keep Up With Changing Telehealth Guidelines
Here's how telehealth and other virtual services differ. Changes to coding and policy are... Read more
Virtual Services:
Get Real Virtual Check-In Results With These Codes
Remember to use the proper modifiers, when necessary. As evidenced by the cover story in... Read more
ICD-10 Coding:
Prevent Coding Disconnect With Targeted Hip Dislocation Dx
Here's why dislocation status is vital. When you are coding claims for patients who need... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Calcareous Deposit Removals
Question: Encounter notes indicate that the provider treated a patient with calcareous dep... Read more
Reader Question:
Use These Codes for COVID-19 Dx
Question: What's the latest on ICD-10 coding for patients who have COVID-19? Michigan Sub... Read more
Reader Question:
Spot Separate Services, Avoid Cutting Laceration Fix Pay
Question: I am coding for a complex laceration repair with possible additional servic... Read more
Reader Question:
Use Modifier to Separate E/M, Aspiration
Question: An established patient reports with right knee and thigh pain. During an ev... Read more
Keep Hip Dislocation Repair Coding Connected With Op Notes
If you can't I.D. type of dislocation, you can't I.D. repair. Patients who suffer hip dis... Read more
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Follow This Advice to Proper Hip Dislocation Dx
Look to these code sets for patients suffering hip dislocations. A hip dislocation repair... Read more
Gain Universal Knowledge of Bilateral Modifier With This Quick Q&A
If code indicates bilaterality, leave modifier 50 off the claim. If the provider perform... Read more
Reader Question:
Keep Calm, Carry on in COVID-19 Age
Question: We're a little on edge about the 2019 novel coronavirus in the office. We're was... Read more
Reader Question:
Get Knowledge for Successful Walldius Arthroscopy
Question: After an evaluation and management (E/M) service for an established patient, the... Read more
Reader Question:
Chart Charcot Joint’s Via Anatomy
Question: I have an operative report in front of me with a puzzling diagnosis. The encount... Read more
You Be the Coder:
‘Buddy Taping’ and Fracture Repair
Question: The provider performed in-office closed treatment on a patient's carpometacarpal... Read more
2021 E/M Coding:
Put Time on Your Side With These 2021 Coding Tips
Count the minutes to decide on E/M level. In the sphere of in-office evaluation and manag... Read more
Clinical Coding Corner:
Check Out This Time-Based E/M Example
The 2021 rule changes could mean different coding for certain scenarios. There's bound t... Read more
Fracture Care:
Check for Presurgical E/M on Fractures
There are 2 E/M modifiers to choose from depending on global. When your orthopedic surge... Read more
Reader Question:
Get Providers on Proper Page for ICD-10 Codes
Question: We have one physician who reports every sign and symptom that the patient presen... Read more
Reader Question:
Get NOPP Right, or Payers Might Say N.O.P.E.
Question: When we are coding for evaluation and management (E/M) services, what role does ... Read more
Reader Question:
Use These Pointers for Sharp ePHI Security
Question: Our office wants to use electronic faxing for medical records, and we want to kn... Read more
You Be the Coder:
‘Buddy Taping’ and Code Selection
Question:  A new patient reports to the orthopedist with a closed fracture to the sec... Read more
Featured Condition:
Plantar Fasciitis: Get Off on Right Foot When Coding for Plantar Fasciitis
Remember, surgery is a last option. Patients reporting to the orthopedist with symptoms o... Read more
Case Study Corner:
Check Out These Emergency Debridement Scenarios
Remember to pay attention to NCCI on multiple debridements. Patients that need emergency ... Read more
Max Out Incident-To Pay The Right Way — While You Still Can
Remember, the end of 2020 might also be the end of incident-to. Uncertainty swirls about ... Read more
Reader Question:
Documentation Strengthens Unlisted Procedure Claims
Question: It seems whenever our practice reports a service using an unlisted procedure CPT... Read more
Reader Question:
Tighten Up Loose Body in Joint Dx
Question: Our provider recently submitted a claim with a final diagnosis of loose body in ... Read more
Reader Question:
Rack Up Coding Success on Rib Repairs
Question: How should we report rib fracture repairs? New York Subscriber Answer: For so ... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Reporting Ankle Injury Services
Question: A new patient reports to the orthopedist with a badly bruised left ankle. After ... Read more
Injection Coding:
Use This Primer to Back Up Epidural Coding Smarts
Shots for back issues are broken into different groups. At times, patients with spinal co... Read more
Case Study Corner:
Study Scenarios to Sharpen Disc Decompression, Discography Coding
Tip: Decompressions can include 2 codes. In past issues of Orthopedic Coding Alert, we've... Read more
News You Can Use:
Incident-to Be or not to Be?
MedPAC looking into new NP/PA policy. Many orthopedic practices have used "incident-to" b... Read more
Reader Question:
Check for Dx Secondary to Acute Osteomyelitis
Question: An established patient suffering from acute osteomyelitis in his right shoulder ... Read more
Reader Question:
Remember Modifiers for Multiple Phalangeal Base Resections
Question: After a level-three evaluation and management (E/M) service for an established p... Read more
Reader Question:
Remember Add-ons Aren’t Primary Codes
Question: What does the plus symbol in front of some evaluation and management (E/M) ... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Go Deep for Knee Arthrotomy Details
Question: Encounter notes indicate that the orthopedist performed a knee arthrotomy. How s... Read more