Month: July 2015


Getting Ready for ICD-10-CM

In an effort to help you get ready for ICD-10-CM implementation on October 1, 2015, we will answer some diagnosis coding questions in future editions of the Coding Coach. Watch our ICD-10-CM webinars, such as Teri Romano's upcoming "ICD-10 Training for Non-Traumatic Spine Disorders: Disc, Stenosis, and More!!" on July 7th.


CPT or HCPCS Tool?

We have recruited a new hand surgeon and she frequently applies aluminum finger splints which are molded by the surgeon or her medical assistant. Can we report CPT code 29130 for the application and molding of this splint?


Nasal Sinal Displacement Therapy

After bilateral endoscopic sinus surgery is completed, my doctor documents “the patient then underwent bilateral nasal sinal displacement therapy and all bloody secretions and mucoid secretions were clear.” He wants to bill 30210-50 (Displacement therapy (Proetz type)) in addition to the endoscopic sinus surgery codes. Is that acceptable?


“Clean Up” Diagnosis Coding for Staged Revisions

“Clean Up” Diagnosis Coding for Staged Revisions – July 2015 by Margaret M. Maley, BSN, MS Assigning diagnosis codes for joint revision surgery is challenging in both ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM. Orthopaedic practices that carefully examine the instructions in both editions may find that they have been reporting staged revisions incorrectly for years. The following side-by-side comparison...

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