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Frequently asked questions about coding for breast surgery(Comments Off)

September 1, 2014

This column responds to some frequently asked coding questions related to breast cancer operations, sentinel node biopsy, ultrasound-guided core biopsies, excision with wires, intraoperative assessment of margins, and more.

Reporting patient safety indicator-15

The ACS has received comments from Fellows indicating that some hospital quality reporting departments continue to misunderstand how to correctly report patient safety indicator (PSI)-15. This column provides background and coding guidance to assist surgeons in working with their hospital staff on reporting PSI-15.

The Medicare program: Enrollment and participation options

This column answers questions surgeons may have regarding their enrollment and participation options in the Medicare program especially as the new year approaches.

The complexities of coding bilateral procedures

Coding for bilateral procedures is particularly challenging as the service is defined in various ways. This column addressed the complexities of coding these procedures and provides clinical case scenarios to clarify these guidelines.

Update: PQRS reporting of the perioperative care measures group

This column focuses on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Physician Quality Reporting System perioperative care measures group because it is the one surgeons use most frequently. First steps in reporting a claim along with denominator, frequency, and numerator topics are also covered.

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