Coding and practice management corner
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.
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.
This column answers questions surgeons may have regarding their enrollment and participation options in the Medicare program especially as the new year approaches.
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.
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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- Coding for damage-control surgery
- Effectively using E/M codes for trauma care
- Documentation of services provided in the postoperative global period
- PQRS reporting in 2013
- Coding for hospital admission, consultations, and emergency department visits
- Coding for skin replacement surgery in 2012