Month: June 2019

Billing for an iatrogenic injury, my patient.
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Billing for an iatrogenic injury, my patient.

June 6, 2019 Question: The surgeon reported an intestinal perforation caused by a trocar during a laparoscopic cholecystectomy due to extensive adhesions.  He completed the cholecystectomy and also did a suture repair of one perforation of the small intestine. How is this reported? Answer: Iatrogenic, intraoperative complications that are repaired at the same operative session...

Intraoperative Ultrasound for Tumor Removal
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Intraoperative Ultrasound for Tumor Removal

June 6, 2019 Question: My surgeon uses the intraoperative ultrasound to assist with a brain tumor removal. I am billing 76998 with modifier 26 for the professional component.  Sometimes we don’t get paid.  Should I appeal these denials? Answer: No….actually, intraoperative ultrasound is included in the global surgical package for the neurosurgeon and should not...

Pay Attention to These Overlooked Practice Risks
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Pay Attention to These Overlooked Practice Risks

June 5, 2019 Conferring with your attorney before terminating an employee and making sure the malpractice premium is paid on time are obvious risk management activities. Others are less obvious and require a bit more sleuthing to assess the level of risk and create a plan of action. Here are six we find many practices...

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