Spinal Anatomy Coding

In a discussion about spinal anatomy, one of my coworkers once said, “It’s not so much that the spinal column is three-dimensional, it’s more five-dimensional.” I think that is an apt description of the vertebral segments that stack one on top of the other to compose...

Digging into MS-DRG’s

Are you looking for opportunities for focused audit reviews or coder education? At HCG, we track our audit data throughout the year to identify trends in the industry and opportunities to educate coders in specific problem areas. So far, in 2020, we have identified 4...

Tips & Expertise: 2021 ICD-10-PCS Updates

Q:  Question in regards to the COVID-19 new PCS codes.  I am getting push back about coding these PCS codes when the drugs can be picked up via the charge master.  What are your thoughts? A:  While your organization may be able to pull this data from the charge...

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”...