Some wounds and conditions don’t respond to conventional therapies and treatment modalities. In those cases, providers may consider hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO). Gloria Miller CPC, CPMA, and Todd Sommer, DO, DPM, CWS, review the conditions eligible for HBO therapy and correct code assignment for these services.
Coders face many challenges when coding for services provided by teaching physicians, interns, residents, and students. Medicare has specific rules and regulations surrounding what services it will pay for when an intern, a resident, or a student provides services. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, COBGC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, details what coders need to see in the documentation before reporting these services.
When is in appropriate to use modifier -59 to override coding edits? When is another modifier more appropriate? Susan E. Garrison, CHCA, CHCAS, CCS-P, CHC, PCS, FCS, CPAR, CPC, CPC-H, and Sarah L. Goodman, MBA, CHCAF, CPC-H, CCP, FCS , explain the appropriate use of modifier -59.
Q. When is it appropriate to append modifier -74 (procedures discontinued after anesthesia administration or after the procedure has begun) or -73 (procedures discontinued prior to anesthesia) instead of to modifier -52 (reduced service)? Is there more than anesthesia that determines their use? The report below was coded with CPT ® 62311 (injection[s] of diagnostic or therapeutic substance[s]…; lumbar or sacral [caudal]). I asked the coder if modifier -74 should be appended, and the coder said that -52 should be appended. Is this correct? Procedure: Attempted lumbar midline interlaminar epidural steroid injection L5-S1 with fluoroscopy After identifying the L5-S1 interlaminar space fluoroscopically, the skin was sterilely prepped and draped. The skin and subcutaneous tissue were anesthetized with 1% lidocaine. Utilizing a loss of resistance technique and intermittent fluoroscopic guidance, an 18 gauge Tuohy needle was utilized to approach the epidural space. I was not able to successfully identify the epidural space secondary to encountered resistance. The needle depth was checked on lateral views and noted to be superficial to the epidural space when resistance was encountered. We were going to utilize a caudal approach, however skin breakdown was noted. At this point, I elected to have her return for care in 2 weeks and get the skin breakdown in the caudal area treated.
QUESTION: A patient complained of intractable pain from compression fracture (sustained the day prior to admission). The guidelines state if pain is not documented as acute or chronic, don't assign codes from the 338 category. Should we query the physician if the pain was acute or chronic rather than just using the fracture code if it appears that pain control was the main reason for the visit?