There is some confusion in my office as what is the difference between a simple and complication irrigation and drainage (I&D) of an abscess. Can you help?
Month: February 2017
My doctor performed a laparoscopic resection of a pancreatic lesion. Can this be coded with the open code, since there is no laparoscopic code?
My group has a policy that orthopaedic surgeons deal with patient’s post-operative pain for 6 weeks and then they are referred to the physiatrists in the group to manage all on going pain. Can the physiatrist bill for these E/M visits since they are a different specialty even though the patient is in the global period?
What is the difference between 40761 and 40527? I’m confused.
My doctor did a septoplasty, CPT 30520, removed cartilage and fashioned it for a graft that he used in the surgical repair of vestibular stenosis, CPT 30465. Can we also code 20912 for the fashioning of the graft or just 30520 and 30465? I couldn’t find any CCI edits preventing this.
What is the reimbursement for co-surgery using modifier 62? Is it different for the primary and co-surgeon?
Our office still uses film for in-house x-rays. Is it true that we need to use a special modifier with x-ray claims in 2017? Will this new modifier impact payment?
I am writing because I have a question that you might be able to help me with. My PA of several years who assists me in the operating room is retiring. There is a local family practitioner that is leaving her practice and it might be interesting to see if she would be interested in assisting me in surgery. Is there a difference in payment for the PA versus the physician?