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Jennifer Schmutz  a.k.a. jschmutz

Member since:October 9th, 2009
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Work Experience

Coding, coding and more coding.

About Me

My beginning as a legally recognized individual occurred on a Tuesday, sometime in the 1970 decade, in an area of the great west known as Utah. My beginning as a legally recognized CPC occurred on February 30, 1997 in the same area of the great west. Many things were accomplishable in those days, without possibly even thinking of a factor to worry about. But this innocent lifestyle was to soon come to an end as UHC became impossible to deal with.

My Interests

I enjoy jumping out of airplanes for free (E843.7) and driving fast (E000.8). I panic during SCUBA dives (E002.4), but I continue to "SCUBA." Occasionally I'll venture to the mountains for some hiking with friends (E001.0) or just to watch the trees dance. A few times a year I like to throw myself down a snow covered mountain (E003.3) just to see what happens -- once my shoulder came out (831.03), that was cool. When I'm feeling exceptionally frisky I'll go to the ballet, and when I'm feeling productive I'll watch a good TV show.

My Articles

January 5th, 2011Clear the Smoke on Debridement and Active Wound Care Codes
Confused about when to choose a debridement code and an active wound code? CPT® 2011 is here to your rescue with revised debridement code guidelines that clarify how to choose between the two code groups — and the key word that will tighten up your coding is depth. “Depth is the...

My Forum Questions/Replies

Dec 20th, 2013 - kat1940Lumbar radiculopathy
Dec 6th, 2012 - slowe 1 fusion coding
Aug 23rd, 2012  1st  - Dede 3 CPT® coding
Aug 23rd, 2012  1st  - 3 Spinal Surgery Coding
Aug 10th, 2012 - billings123 74 ICD9
Jun 22nd, 2012  1st  - 1 trigger point injection
Jun 21st, 2012 - jschmutz   323 Remote Diagnostic Radiology Coder - Work from home
Jun 6th, 2012 - jschmutz   323 Debridement with Surgical Procedures
Jun 1st, 2012 - jschmutz   323 61783 versus 20985 versus 0054T
May 11th, 2012  1st  - gerber54 1 Modifier for 98943
May 11th, 2012  1st  - 1 Laminectomy 63045-63047 and fluoroscopy
May 10th, 2012 - jschmutz   323 Need help coding this Spinal Cord Stimulator procedure
May 9th, 2012  1st  - 2 struggling with MDM
May 9th, 2012 - jschmutz   323 Occipital Neurectomy during Chiari Decompression
May 9th, 2012 - ens5 3 CPT® 20605
May 8th, 2012 - jschmutz   323 WANTED: Orthopedic E/M Coder to work Remotely
May 8th, 2012 - jschmutz   323 WANTED: Remote E/M Orthopedic Coder
Nov 17th, 2011  1st  - 2 VP shunt placement coding
Oct 19th, 2011  1st  - ALIMAC 18 J1040/J1030/J1020 billing
Oct 6th, 2011 - 3 Office consult and admit on same date
Oct 6th, 2011  1st  - 3 excision of sebaceous cysts on scalp
Oct 5th, 2011  1st  - angela52 16 coding Omnipaque and Depo medrol
Oct 4th, 2011 - 5 Excision benign lesions from 3 sites_help needed for correct coding
Oct 3rd, 2011  1st  - 3 Trimalleolar Fracture
Sep 29th, 2011 - dgillmdexcision
Sep 28th, 2011 - peds28490 5 Modifer Help!!! Please!!!!
Sep 27th, 2011 - 2 J1030 versus j1040 (depomedrol injection CPT)
Sep 23rd, 2011 - dgillmd20552
Sep 23rd, 2011  1st  - 4 What is the code for developmental delay
Sep 21st, 2011 - rhina 52 CPT® question
Sep 21st, 2011  1st  - becka95 1 Foraminotomy without a facetectomy??
Sep 20th, 2011 - Shannan 28 Consult
Sep 19th, 2011 - harmijo 8 Diagnostic procedure
Sep 16th, 2011  1st  - Lourd123 2 765.18
Sep 16th, 2011 - coder007 5 What modifier to use for inpatient services?
Sep 15th, 2011 - 4 Billing consultation code
Sep 15th, 2011 - rhina 52 What should be the best DX code to used?
Sep 15th, 2011 - susan5255 1 Injection procedure for identification of sentinel node with intradermal radioisotope injection for the staging of clinically negative axillae in a patient with primary malignant neoplasm of the central portion of the right breast. CPT® code(
Sep 14th, 2011 - TerryC 39 global period,,timing question
Sep 13th, 2011 - gloria.walkerCarpal tunnel screening test
Sep 13th, 2011 - 1 21930 versus 27047 excision mass down to subcutaneous tissue buttock
Sep 8th, 2011  1st  - stomach1 3 Peg Tube Removal
Sep 7th, 2011 - harmijo 8 Multiple procedures
Sep 6th, 2011 - Shannan 28 11406 CPT® Denial
Sep 6th, 2011  1st  - 5 96372
Sep 6th, 2011  1st  - nelrabieCPT® code 46040
Sep 5th, 2011  1st  - badal106 1 Knee Xray Coding confusion
Sep 1st, 2011 - KJMills 7 HELP ! Anterior cervical arthrodesis 22551?
Aug 30th, 2011  1st  - NshdrmmrCPT® Codes
Aug 30th, 2011  - harmijo 8 Incision pain
Aug 30th, 2011  1st  - gbonner02 1 LCD for code 29877
Aug 30th, 2011 - drashish 17 observation code question
Aug 27th, 2011 - angemp26radiology report
Aug 25th, 2011 - 1 Open for Ideas
Aug 24th, 2011 - CORTEZL 3 x-ray shoulder
Aug 24th, 2011  1st  - jwest7CPT® code for echo interpretation only
Aug 23rd, 2011 - harmijo 8 Podiatry visits--is E/M needed
Aug 23rd, 2011 - Shannan 28 suture removal
Aug 23rd, 2011  1st  - ltingley 2 screening diagnosis code for 76770
Aug 23rd, 2011  1st  - 1 -76 modifier use
Aug 22nd, 2011  1st  - MedLadyTX 1 Coding CPT® 26111
Aug 17th, 2011  1st  - dgarrett10modifier 57
Aug 17th, 2011 - rphelps 614 Excision lesions and tags
Aug 17th, 2011 - precod 10 Promed Denial for CPT® J1040,S0020, J2001
Aug 16th, 2011 - harmijo 8 knee injection
Aug 16th, 2011 - rphelps 614 Prg Tube Change 43760
Aug 15th, 2011 - TerryC 39 I need help please Follow-up during global period
Aug 11th, 2011 - 2 Global Period with Cast
Aug 11th, 2011  1st  - mrmorganj-tube adjustment
Aug 10th, 2011  1st  - 2 Procedure not performed
Aug 9th, 2011 - michelle.advancedortho 2 Ultra Sound guided injections
Aug 9th, 2011 - 1 Facet injections
Aug 1st, 2011 - KJMills 7 Code Bone Marrow aspiration?
Jul 29th, 2011  1st  - harmijo 8 post op followup
Jul 28th, 2011  1st  - 1 bone grafting
Jul 27th, 2011  1st  - ClemesCoding for depo medrol injections
Jul 21st, 2011  1st  - dcrenshaw 1 E&M Billed after ER Hospital Visit
Jul 21st, 2011 - padi1coder 10 Lumbar laminectomy including synovial cystectomy
Jul 20th, 2011  1st  - RobinCoding 63650 for Tricare
Jul 20th, 2011 - sarfydry skin icd9 code
Jul 20th, 2011 - 2 Free consultation for Medicare Patients
Jul 19th, 2011 - Shannan 28 office visit, wound care
Jul 19th, 2011 - wwheeler 2 repair csf leak
Jul 19th, 2011 - ravip3366 19 preoperative clearance consultation
Jul 19th, 2011 - ravip3366 19 E-mail communication of PHI with patient
Jul 18th, 2011  1st  - Godswill4CPT® Code 63042,59 denied inclusive to 63047
Jul 15th, 2011 - funequa 5 Proper Coding and billing for an Event recorder
Jul 14th, 2011 - deniseb2011 2 coding a procedure
Jul 13th, 2011  1st  - WdockatCPT® Code
Jul 13th, 2011 - Shannan 28 Modifiers
Jul 11th, 2011  1st  - PhyllisT15Status of New Problem for E/M service
Jun 30th, 2011 - afzal.zee 19 May we bill more than one units for CPT® 82270?
Jun 30th, 2011  1st  - jlg123Technical and professional componenets
Jun 30th, 2011 - 3 Pre-operative guidlines
Jun 30th, 2011 - Shannan 28 adhesions secondary to circumcision
Jun 28th, 2011 - RTINNEY 23 Exc of Mass
Jun 27th, 2011 - drashish 17 abnormal findig during a annual
Jun 23rd, 2011 - funequa 5 Ortho coding question
Jun 22nd, 2011  1st  - xprtcodefileWhat is the most up to date code for CPT® 49201?
Jun 22nd, 2011 - pvang 4 36215-36218 Explanations PLEASEE!
Jun 22nd, 2011  1st  - 1 TM 100 trabecular metal implant by Zimmer
Jun 22nd, 2011  1st  - 1 Workman compensation Claim
Jun 21st, 2011 - cforsthoefel 10 bilateral joint injection, shoulders both injected
Jun 21st, 2011 - awells1v codes
Jun 20th, 2011  - 10 need documentation requirements for operative note
Jun 19th, 2011  1st  - missann01enteropathic arthropathy left ankle and foot
Jun 16th, 2011 - milani 10 cross connector
Jun 16th, 2011  1st  - dkmathis 1 Facet Injections
Jun 16th, 2011 - 1 guideline for timeframe on stroke to be considered history code V12.54
Jun 16th, 2011 - Bethpostoab 11 Bone Fragment excision code
Jun 16th, 2011 - CJ4ever 1 Trigger Point Injection
Jun 15th, 2011  1st  - virginiazieglerThe doctor is using platelet rich plasma for injections to tendons if he does three injection at the same time do we only bill 20550 once?
Jun 15th, 2011 - rphelps 614 Referrals
Jun 13th, 2011 - TerryC 39 I&D follow up, please help
Jun 10th, 2011 - cbishop 3 Use modifier 52?
Jun 7th, 2011  1st  - precod 10 Anterior Diskectomy L5-S1 with anterior Foraminotomy L4-S1
Jun 3rd, 2011  - 7 99212 With 99396
Jun 3rd, 2011 - shepherd101627 1 Professional and Techincal Component
Jun 3rd, 2011 - 2 Help! EXCISION CYST SUBCUTANEOUS EAR
Jun 2nd, 2011  1st  - medicalcoder51999215 and 99396
Jun 2nd, 2011 - Robin4867 1 medical billing
Jun 2nd, 2011  1st  - Joey12What is it considered when you list each vaccine separately when a combination vaccine is available?
Jun 1st, 2011 - shepherd101627 1 Patient transfer between facilities
Jun 1st, 2011 - marymurk 2 wound care clinic billing
May 31st, 2011  1st  - pvang 4 Use of V58.6X codes
May 30th, 2011 - anil 6 Billng Rules For Surgery And ICU
May 27th, 2011  1st  - laureenpelmodifier -53
May 26th, 2011  1st  - vazquezy 2 HCPCS code G0364
May 26th, 2011 - Bethpostoab 11 Rotator Cuff Repair
May 26th, 2011 - 2 subsquent visit
May 26th, 2011  1st  - codermichelle"complete" bilateral extremity run-off angiography
May 26th, 2011 - 1 Labral Tear
May 25th, 2011 - Katieriley 1 CVA coded with benign HTN
May 25th, 2011 - rmeadorsPA billing
May 24th, 2011  1st  - CLisicaFluoroscopy 76000
May 24th, 2011  1st  - breathe325 vs 57 modifier
May 24th, 2011 - TerryC 39 casting ?
May 23rd, 2011 - 3 L2114
May 22nd, 2011 - sreshta 45 Physical Therapy
May 20th, 2011 - dgillmdroutine drug screening
May 18th, 2011 - 1 icd-9 for roux-en-y stasis
May 17th, 2011 - 2 ICD-9 and CPT® coordinating codes
May 17th, 2011 - 4 coding excision and ED of multiple Neurofibromas
May 17th, 2011 - coder007 5 AAOS coding rules for Orthopedics
May 16th, 2011  1st  - 1 error on top CPT® code page
May 16th, 2011 - 4 symptoms
May 14th, 2011  1st  - ultimapartehelp coding the following!
May 13th, 2011  1st  - Sandia66PALONOSETRON (Aloxi) J2469
May 13th, 2011  1st  - 1 Exam deferred per patient
May 12th, 2011  1st  - 1 Modifier 25 with pft on office visit scheduled same day
May 12th, 2011  1st  - Shannan 28 Billing Gamma Injections
May 12th, 2011 - jackieDigital Blocks in office prior to taking patient to surgery
May 12th, 2011  1st  - wb12m1984Are Surgical Assistant claims payable?
May 12th, 2011  1st  - akif77370
May 12th, 2011 - bigdog40 27 HCFA form help?
May 11th, 2011 - 2 Billing for 93567
May 11th, 2011 - 3 pain management billing for iliac crest injection
May 11th, 2011  1st  - 1 HCPCS 77075
May 10th, 2011 - 4 96372 w/ office E/M - Carol
May 10th, 2011  1st  - 2 CPT® Charges for Hospital vs office
May 10th, 2011  1st  - 1 procedure code 27447
May 4th, 2011 - 3 Billing a 99211 with a 85610
May 3rd, 2011  1st  - tlucarelliElectrical stimulation prior to medial branch block of the same nerve
May 3rd, 2011 - 1 Problems managed elsewhere & mdm
Apr 30th, 2011  1st  - mdreviewepicondylitis 24359
Apr 7th, 2011 - Bethpostoab 11 How to code for failed Closed reduction of fracture followed by Surg
Apr 7th, 2011 - 2 Office staff coding E/M
Apr 6th, 2011  1st  - 1 modifier 78
Apr 6th, 2011 - docnuzhatICD 9 code
Apr 5th, 2011  1st  - 2 Aspen interspinous device
Apr 4th, 2011  1st  - corneliaShoulder injection
Apr 4th, 2011 - jschmutz   323 Rule: Billing/Coding Based on Payer
Apr 4th, 2011 - DebraS   67 J0670 with 20610 Ortho office setting
Apr 4th, 2011  1st  - KatieWashburnCodebooks
Apr 4th, 2011 - MKD 1 Work RVU, malpractice RVU, transitioned RVU
Apr 1st, 2011  1st  - 1 Sebaceous Cyst Removal
Mar 31st, 2011  1st  - codergirl7Billing Kenalog
Mar 30th, 2011 - TerryC 39 Help please,CPT® coding for cyst removal
Mar 9th, 2011 - 3 Evaluation and Management Modifier
Mar 9th, 2011 - nazaninprice of codes
Mar 2nd, 2011  1st  - 2 Critical Care Time Codes
Mar 1st, 2011  - 8 actinic keratosis vs. actinic dermatitis
Mar 1st, 2011  1st  - LindaSSurgical procedure
Feb 28th, 2011  1st  - 1 ICD-9 code for arthrodesis
Feb 26th, 2011 - nancyh1102x-rays taken after surgical procedure
Feb 25th, 2011 - 4 Debridement denial for medical necessity
Feb 24th, 2011 - tjoossens 2 Cortical Mapping during Craniotomy
Feb 23rd, 2011 - kishorethakkar   1 Pqri
Feb 19th, 2011 - sreshta 45 Billing Procedure
Feb 16th, 2011  - jschmutz   323 Help with diagnosis
Feb 16th, 2011 - 2 location codes
Feb 10th, 2011 - mjadea2010 1 CPT® code
Feb 10th, 2011  1st  - 2 EMG Coding
Feb 8th, 2011 - jschmutz   323 Remote Coding Position Available for Rad/Onc and IVR Coder
Feb 8th, 2011 - lockmand 3 11750 & 11765 bundled
Feb 8th, 2011 - tls131 19 Help with ICD9
Feb 2nd, 2011 - Bethpostoab 11 Orthopaedic Billing Question
Feb 1st, 2011  1st  - 1 What type of service code should be used with 97597 and 97598
Jan 28th, 2011 - martins 2 Alternate
Jan 28th, 2011 - sreshta 45 Lab & Radiology Interpretations
Jan 27th, 2011 - sreshta 45 CPT® Code 35470
Jan 27th, 2011 - rphelps 614 Needle stick (accidental)
Jan 27th, 2011 - 1 Diagnostic Tests Modifier
Jan 26th, 2011 - 1 j7325
Jan 26th, 2011 - rphelps 614 Histology
Jan 25th, 2011  1st  - 2 ultrasonic guidance for needle placement for injections
Jan 25th, 2011  1st  - 2 Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Jan 25th, 2011 - koatsj 160 admissions
Jan 25th, 2011 - 1 urethral stricture
Jan 25th, 2011  1st  - katnap 1 Repair Quadriceps
Jan 24th, 2011 - kishorethakkar   1 CPT® 73030
Jan 18th, 2011 - 1 Modifier
Jan 18th, 2011 - 2 CPT® not allowed w/same date of service ( Physician Bill)
Jan 17th, 2011  1st  - 3 What is correct in order to bill out correctly
Jan 13th, 2011 - daystarjj 4 2011 definitions for wound debridement codes
Jan 12th, 2011 - jattjee 2 J1100 decadron
Jan 11th, 2011  1st  - 1 Codes with z in front
Jan 8th, 2011  1st  - jurekPhysician Consult in the ED
Jan 7th, 2011  1st  - bdunhamJ0570 is deleted from HCPCS, what do we replace it with
Jan 6th, 2011 - jschmutz   323 Can you charge a Self-Pay patient for an assist when CMS doesn't allow an assist?
Jan 6th, 2011 - rphelps 614 Fee Schedule
Jan 5th, 2011  1st  - diva3466 2 Debridement
Jan 5th, 2011 - rphelps 614 Ct's
Jan 4th, 2011  1st   - rohit252008 4 ICD-10 Sessions
Jan 4th, 2011 - 2 Help
Jan 4th, 2011  1st  - 4 E/M same day different hospitals
Dec 30th, 2010 - bigdog40 27 Diagnosis code help
Dec 28th, 2010  1st  - lenaMedical Billing & Coding
Dec 28th, 2010 - bigdog40 27 Diagnosis code help
Dec 9th, 2010 - ranawaheed321 3 new patient codes
Dec 6th, 2010 - sreshta 45 Websites
Dec 2nd, 2010  1st  - 1 fracture care
Dec 2nd, 2010 - jschmutz   323 2011 CPT® Codes Effective for Use
Nov 29th, 2010  1st  - MizMaireE/M Code Bundled with Radiology Code
Nov 23rd, 2010 - 2 Wound Dressing Change
Nov 19th, 2010 - tls131 19 Infusion codes
Nov 19th, 2010  1st  - 1 Middle Ear
Nov 19th, 2010 - sreshta 45 Implat Procedures
Nov 16th, 2010  1st  - cscholtenscorrectly code a 20610 with synvisc
Nov 15th, 2010  1st  - rajeshRvu
Nov 12th, 2010 - Bethpostoab 11 Help with Code
Nov 4th, 2010 - kmillerlaparoscopy
Nov 3rd, 2010  1st  - KJMills 7 Insertion Spinal cord stimulator T-8
Oct 22nd, 2010 - 3 Ceritified Coder
Oct 21st, 2010 - rphelps 614 82274 stool studies
Oct 20th, 2010 - kari 10 e/m coding
Oct 18th, 2010  1st  - dsharma8369200
Oct 15th, 2010 - ASTOUGH 15 Abdominal wall mass
Oct 15th, 2010  - mesalamb 26 history of polyps vs. screening colonoscopy
Oct 8th, 2010  1st  - 3  H & P and Time frame question
Oct 7th, 2010  1st  - afzal.zee 19 What is the appropriate ICD for heel pain?
Oct 6th, 2010 - DeniseCFKAnswer to my question?
Oct 6th, 2010 - vadeleyeinformation or a ruling on the 26 modifier for labs and pathology
Oct 5th, 2010 - 1 Multiple assistants
Oct 4th, 2010 - rphelps 614 Multiple endoscopies
Oct 2nd, 2010 - 1 724.03
Oct 1st, 2010 - mkimbrell 2 Burn Debridement
Sep 30th, 2010 - mesalamb 26 Coding for Family Consultation
Sep 13th, 2010 - rphelps 614 elevated liver functions
Sep 8th, 2010  1st  - karenz29 1 Spinal Hardware Injection
Aug 27th, 2010  1st  - 1 Radiology - Early detection screenings.
Aug 27th, 2010  1st  - 2 11300 & 17110
Aug 27th, 2010 - lvbmj 8 Ortho MRI billing
Aug 26th, 2010 - paulapreston 8 Documentation for a 99243 visit
Aug 24th, 2010  1st  - danielbbennettmdmenopause
Aug 24th, 2010 - sla696PRP Injection
Aug 24th, 2010  1st  - 1 95865
Aug 24th, 2010 - Bethpostoab 11 Ortho Coding Help
Aug 24th, 2010 - 2 injections
Aug 23rd, 2010  1st  - drbielingsaipanDyspareunia
Aug 23rd, 2010  1st  - sla696PRP Injection
Aug 23rd, 2010 - 2 Insurance rule on paying multiple procedures
Aug 23rd, 2010  1st  - 1 dysfunction
Aug 23rd, 2010 - jschmutz   323 Operative Report Documentation
Aug 23rd, 2010  1st  - kmillerbilling for bandages
Aug 20th, 2010 - 1 Neoplasms - 238.2 vs 239.2
Aug 20th, 2010 - jschmutz   323 Audiology Procedure Coding/Documentation
Aug 20th, 2010  1st  - marycpcbilateral procedures
Aug 20th, 2010  1st  - Jen1971Modifier 25 and 59 Questions..
Aug 17th, 2010 - 2 Modifier -32
Aug 12th, 2010 - jen 4 Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Reconstructions
Aug 11th, 2010 - jschmutz   323 ICD9 for baseline testing prior to PE tube removal
Aug 11th, 2010  1st  - 1 Colonoscopy and Medicare
Aug 11th, 2010 - 1 Cochlear device removal
Aug 10th, 2010 - Bethpostoab 11 Bone Stimulator Billing 20974 Rules
Aug 9th, 2010  1st  - lburdickV42.5 & v45.61 & v43.1
Aug 5th, 2010  1st  - lmsmithWhat CMS calls a new patient
Aug 5th, 2010 - cbishop 3 Excision external hemorrhoid
Aug 4th, 2010 - tgreathouse 2 Nonphysician telephone services
Aug 3rd, 2010 - LSCHWAN 1 What procedure code do I use when the doctor does a hospital admission note only?
Aug 2nd, 2010  1st  - jdolan 2 Followup visits
Aug 2nd, 2010  1st  - pambuskeymodifiers 77 and 59
Jul 30th, 2010 - Bethpostoab 11 Chondroplasty question
Jul 15th, 2010  1st  - 3 coding guidelines
Jul 14th, 2010 - henry1234 13 documentation amendment
Jun 3rd, 2010 - anikadCorrect diagnosis coding for allergy injections
Feb 12th, 2010 - cbishop 3 Joint injection - major vs intermediate
Feb 12th, 2010 - 3 Emg
Oct 9th, 2009  1st  - jschmutz   323 Test: Ask a Question
May 6th, 2009  1st  - Alexand945Plasma rich platelet injections
Apr 6th, 2009  1st  - 3 minimally invasive lumbar decompression procedure




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