Hand Surgery Coding in CPT

“Hands are the levers of influence on the world that make intelligence worth having” – Steven Pinker Our hands may the the body part we most take for granted relative to their importance to our existence and our day-to-day activities.  They are amazingly intricate and...

Coding Adventures in Bleeding Disorders and Conditions

If you look in the index you will find that under “hemorrhage” there are entries for at least 16 of the 19 chapters in ICD-10-CM! It is a miracle of anatomy that we have this complex, personal ocean of cells, nutrients, and substances coursing through our bodies...

Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interface (RPNI)

Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interface (RPNI) ICD-10-PCS root operation selection What is this new procedure, where a free muscle graft is wrapped around a cut nerve ending, like a piece of sashimi around the end of a piece of spaghetti? The muscle graft doesn’t “do”...

CPT Coding: Saline Infusions For Diagnosis and Therapy

99.9% of the time we see saline solution (aka: NSS, 0.9%NS) infused into a patient it is for hydration, and the correct code for the infusion is 96360 (+96361). But occasionally this ubiquitous IV solution is used for a therapeutic or diagnostic purpose. Being...