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ACS develops ICD-9 to ICD-10 crosswalk to assist in billing(Comments Off)

February 1, 2015

To assist surgeons with the transition to ICD-10, the ACS has developed an ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM crosswalk of the most frequently reported general surgery diagnosis codes.

Frequently asked questions about coding for breast surgery

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.


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