Joanne Schade-Boyce, BSDH, MS, CPC, ACS , and Denise Williams, RN, CPC-H, look at the changes in the integumentary and cardiovascular systems and how they demonstrate a trend toward bundling in the 2014 CPT® Manual.
CMS did not finalize a proposal to collapse all evaluation and management visits into three codes, but did change clinic visit level coding. Jugna Shah, MPH, and Valerie A. Rinkle, MPA, review some of the major changes to E/M levels for 2014 and the new codes introduced. introduced.
Skin and dermatology coding includes unique challenges with its extensive terminology and the need to calculate wound and lesion sizes. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , discusses common documentation problems and how coders can improve their efficiency and proficiency.
Coders have until September 30, 2015, to pass AAPC’s ICD-10 proficiency test in order to retain their credentials. AAPC recently added another way to prove proficiency that includes an online training portion, in addition to the previously available timed assessment.
Q: A patient presents with lower back pain and the physician documents findings of stenosis, degenerative “changes,” and mild facet arthropathy. Which diagnosis codes should we report? I would code 724.02 (stenosis, lumbar region, without neurogenic claudication) and 721.3 (lumbosacral spondylosis without myelopathy) for the facet degeneration. Another coder has stated that I cannot code 724.02, as the 721.3 diagnosis code will exclude the use of 724.02. Can you help with this scenario?