Coding for arthroplasty can be challenging due to the multiple types of procedures and lack of specific CPT ® codes for many of them. Ruby O'Brochta-Woodward, BSN, CPC, COSC, CSFAC, and Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCDS, explain what to look for in documentation to report the correct codes.
Coding depends on clear and accurate documentation, especially with the added specificity available in ICD-10-CM. Andrea Clark-Rubinowitz, RHIA, CCS, CPCH , highlights tactics for improving provider documentationahead of implementation.
While coders have two options to report patella fractures in ICD-9-CM, they will find more than 400 options in ICD-10-CM. Review the anatomy of the lower leg and ankle, as well as ICD-10-CM coding concepts, to learn how to choose the most accurate ICD-10-CM code.
Q: We're wondering about how to use CPT ® code 73225 (magnetic resonance angiography [MRA], upper extremity, with or without contrast material) in our hospital. When providing an MRA of an upper extremity with and without contrast material, should we bill this service twice (since CPT indicates with or without contrast material) or only once?