Tips & Expertise: PCS Spinal Fusion Basics

Q:  You covered all of the devices in the fusion tables except synthetic substitute.  When would this device be used? A:  Fusion of the spine with a synthetic substitute is extremely rare since some type of bone graft is used to “glue” the joint together.  The device...

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...

Diagnostic Coronary Imaging vs. Guiding Shots

One of the most complex areas of coding for cardiac catheterization procedures is determining when to code a diagnostic heart angiogram (imaging) separate from a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The guidelines for reporting separate diagnostic imaging are...

Top 10 Things to Know About 2021 E/M Changes

E/M changes are coming.  Lucky for us, we have almost a whole year to figure them out! They are set to take effect on January 1, 2021.  The American Medical Association (AMA) has published the changes, as well as numerous tools to assist us. Let’s take a closer look...