Month: November 2016


Reporting for Placement of a Non-biodegradable Antibiotic-impregnated Cement Spacer After Total Joint Prosthesis Removal

In a recent case review you performed for us, you reported CPT code 11981-51 (Insertion, non-biodegradable drug delivery implant) when our physician removed an infected hip prosthesis and placed a non-biodegradable antibiotic-impregnated cement spacer as part of a multi-stage revision. We had not used this code in the past because the prosthesis removal code, 27091, includes the text “with or without insertion of spacer.” Can you explain this further?


Zoom In On the Rules for Reporting +69990 with Ear Procedures

Healthcare Business Monthly – November 2016by Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP CPT® tells us when not to separately report the use of an operating microscope. We’ll tell you when you should. Many otolaryngologists use an operating microscope when performing ear procedures in the operating room. Coders often wonder if it is acceptable to report CPT®...


2017 Spine CPT Code Changes

AAOS Now –  November 2016 by Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP Spine surgeons face a multitude of Current Procedural Terminology ® (CPT) code changes, effective Jan. 1, 2017. This article provides a summary of these changes so practices can get a head start on understanding their implications. A complete listing of changes can be...

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