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...

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...

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...