Betty Hovey, CPC, COC, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CPCD, and Shelley C. Safian, PhD, RHIA, CCS-P, CPC-H, CPC-I, review anatomy details of the heart and how to report ICD-10-CM codes for atherosclerosis and conduction disorders.
Despite no recent changes from CMS, many providers still struggle with when to report modifier -25 (significant, separately identifiable E/M service by the same physician or other qualified health care professional on the same day of the procedure or other service) . Jugna Shah, MPH, explains how providers can review claims to determine if they are using the modifier correctly.
Since CMS introduced comprehensive APCs in January, the agency has continued to tweak the logic and codes included in the process. Dave Fee, MBA, and Judith L. Kares, JD, describe those changes in CMS’ April quarterly updates and review code and edit updates.
Q: When the surgeon documents excision of a complex pilonidal cyst with rhomboid flap closure, is the flap closure coded separately or is it included in CPT ® code 11772 (excision of pilonidal cyst or sinus; complicated)?