Coding Excisions and Wound Repairs
Chart audits frequently examine coding associated with lesion removals and wound repairs. In order to assign the appropriate procedure code, certain documentation must be included in the medical record, such as lesion type, excision size, wound repair, and location. Without these important details, providers run the risk of downcoding or filing inaccurate claims based on poor documentation.
This article will focus on the ins and outs of lesion removals, and some of the common cod...
Doing--and coding--for minor procedures in primary care
I asked a Family Physician recently if he did minor procedures in his practice. He said, “I send them all to my partner. Tim loves doing minor procedures, and he’s fast. I don’t bother with them myself.” His partner, by inclination or design, was the designated provider of minor procedures in their group. Doing them can be a source of revenue to the practice and RVUs to the physician if you do three simple things. Have a good set up, burn your en...
Coding for Screening Colonoscopies
How to code for screening colonoscopies, what modifiers are needed and what diagnosis codes to assign can be challenging for surgeons. An area of particular confusion is screening colonoscopies converted to a diagnostic or therapeutic colonoscopy. To complicate the issue, Medicare uses different procedure codes than other payers. This article will help surgeons and their office staffs decide the procedure and diagnosis codes used to report colonoscopy services.
What is the differe...