Category: CC-Plastic Surgery

Problems Addressed for New E/M Guidelines
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Problems Addressed for New E/M Guidelines

February 18, 2021 Question: Would bilateral large breasts, on a patient that we are recommending breast reduction, count as 2 problems in the new E/M guidelines for office visits? Answer: No because these two problems will have the same concurrent treatment (breast reduction). Therefore, it counts as 1 problem. *This response is based on the...

New 2021 E/M Coding Guidelines
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New 2021 E/M Coding Guidelines

January 21, 2021 Question: In the new guidelines, how does Time affect billing for a teaching physician’s E/M service when the resident spends a great deal of time with the patient? Answer: Good question! Only the time of teaching physician would “count” in the scenario you describe. The new guidelines say that the time of...

Coding 23395 for Pectoralis Muscle Repair
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Coding 23395 for Pectoralis Muscle Repair

December 3, 2020 Question: Someone told us to bill 23395 for repairing the pectoralis muscle after removing breast implants. Here’s the common scenario: Removal of old bilateral breast implants with capsulectomies Repair of pectoralis muscle with re-attachment to chest wall Creation of pre-pectoral pocket with acellular dermal matrix Placement of bilateral breast implants for reconstruction...

Burn Debridements
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Burn Debridements

October 15, 2020 Question: Our patient had full thickness burn of foot and has been having serial debridements to the bone 25x17cm. Patient returned to operating room for another debridement down to the bone then reconstruction of foot with a muscle flap. For the debridements prior to flap closure, is it appropriate to code 11044...

Evaluation and Management Codes 2021 – Do I Have to Use the Revised Guidelines?
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Evaluation and Management Codes 2021 – Do I Have to Use the Revised Guidelines?

September 17, 2020 Question: I work with a plastic surgeon and we don’t see many Medicare patients. The plastic surgeon believes the revised 2021 E/M guidelines will not impact our office practice because of our low Medicare volume. Is this correct? Answer: This is not correct! The revised documentation requirements are from CPT – the...

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