ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
Procedure coding, general
Here are six reasons your claims might be getting denied and what you and your staff can do to prevent it.
The author, a certified professional coder, presents three sample progress notes, challenging the reader to code them appropriately and then explaining how the notes appear from the coder's point of view and what codes she believes the notes will support.
The authors describe common errors in coding of skin biopsies, incisions, excisions, shaves, etc., and offer advice on how to avoid such errors.
As usual, the 2012 annual update to Current Procedural Terminology changes a number of codes important to family physicians. Here, the author explains the code changes most likely to affect their coding practice.
For a demonstration of just how insane our current health care system is, read a brief update on new changes to CPT codes -- but read it with the eyes of a patient.
This article describes changes in CPT codes for 2006 in the areas most likely to affect family physicians.
The author walks readers through the rules and the correct terminology for coding for skin prodecures. He also provides a cheat sheet to simplify "skin coding."
The authors offer readers an action plan to use in reacting/responding to payers' accusations of incorrect coding.
This article describes changes in CPT codes for 2005 in the areas most likely to affect family physicians.
This article provides readers with step-by-step instructions for checking their E/M coding distribution with national guidelines established in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Family Practice Profile.