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Tips & Expertise: CPT and PCS Spinal Anatomy and Pathology

Q:  You mentioned that another physician often does the anterior approach for the surgeon performing fusion.  How do you code for that anterior approach for that surgeon? A: CPT: For pro-fee CPT coding, both surgeons should report the correct anterior approach CPT...

Tips & Expertise: 2021 E/M Changes

Q: Can we count resident’s time?A: No. Teaching physician rules haven’t changed. Resident time is not billable. Q: Do you need to document exactly how you spent your time with the patient, or just the total minutes?A: It is recommended to document total minutes plus...

Spinal Anatomy Coding

Blog Post: Digging into HIM & Coding

November is American Diabetes Month and there’s no better time to review one of the most common coding variances we see on coding audits: coding for diabetic complications. Later this month, I will present a webinar on this topic, but for now, let’s get a jump on it by covering the things that stand out to all of us at Haugen during coding audits. | Read More.

Tips & Expertise: 2021 CPT Updates for the Facility Coder

Q:  With the new code for lung core needle biopsy, which bundles imaging, how do we code for fine needle aspiration (FNA) performed in the same encounter when imaging is used for it? A:  New code 32408 for core needle biopsy of the lung bundles all FNA codes....

Tips & Expertise: 2021 CPT Updates for the Profee Coder

Q:  Can I always just use G2212 if our organization follows only CMS guidelines? A:  It will depend on whether or not the payer accepts the G2212.  HCG would advise to write an internal policy for coders to follow for coding of prolonged services using codes 99417 vs....

Tips & Expertise: Coding Diabetes

Q: When is code I12.9 used?  I thought that was for hypertension with CKD without CHF? A: Code I12.9 is for hypertensive chronic kidney disease with stage 1 through stage 4 chronic kidney disease, or unspecified chronic kidney disease.  This code is used when the...

ICD-10-CM Coding for COVID-19: The Changes Keep Coming

Blog Post: Digging into HIM & Coding

If you’ve been keeping up to date on your Coding Clinic subscription and coding guidelines, you know that coding advice for COVID-19 keeps changing. As coders, we know it’s imperative to keep our eyes peeled for new codes, updated guidance, and evolving disease processes, but COVID-19 has taken this to a new level with changing advice on a bimonthly basis. And just in case you are about to stop reading here thinking you are current on COVID, beware: the CDC isn’t done messing with codes related to COVID-19. | Read More.

Coding for Diabetic Complications

Blog Post: Digging into HIM & Coding

November is American Diabetes Month and there’s no better time to review one of the most common coding variances we see on coding audits: coding for diabetic complications. Later this month, I will present a webinar on this topic, but for now, let’s get a jump on it by covering the things that stand out to all of us at Haugen during coding audits. | Read More.

Tips & Expertise: Liver Disease & Treatment

Q:  Question about fatty liver disease.  It’s my understanding that fatty liver disease is often the first stage in liver disease and can progress to cirrhosis.  If the provider documents fatty liver disease as well as cirrhosis, should you code both or is the...

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