Basing a coder’s successful completion of a coding audit only on coding accuracy overlooks importance of local coverage determinations (LCD) and national coverage determinations (NCDs). Glenn Krauss, BBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, C-CDI, CCDS, explains the role LCDs and NCDs play in determining practical day-to-day coding accuracy.
The CPT ® Editorial Panel revised its guidance for critical care codes to specifically state that, for hospital reporting purposes, critical care codes do not include specified ancillary services. Denise Williams, RN, CPC-H, and Caral Edelberg, CPC, CPMA, CAC, CCS-P, CHC, discuss how coders should code for critical care services and review which services are bundled into critical care.
The rules for coding for facilities and physicians are basically the same for most services, but coders follow different rules for appending certain modifiers. Christi Sarasin, CCS, CCDS, CPC-H, FCS , Kimberly Anderwood Hoy, JD, CPC , and Peggy Blue, MPH, CPC, CCS-P, separate physician and facility rules for using modifiers -26, -TC, and -79.
Q: It appears that one requirement for using CPT ® codes 15002–15005 with application of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is that the wound must be healing by primary intention. Can you explain this? We have never used these codes with preparation for vacuum assisted closure (VAC) placement, but it doesn't make sense, as NPWT is almost always used for wounds healing by secondary intention. Our physicians appreciate any clarification.