Pertinent Insights On Coding For Wound Care

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Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS

   “When it comes to any modifier, make sure the use of each modifier is understood. Adding an inappropriate modifier or adding one when none is needed may in and of itself result in your claim being denied,” advises Dr. Poggio.

   Dr. Aung currently serves as a PPOD (podiatry, pharmacy, optometry, dental) Workgroup Member for the CDC-NIH National Diabetes Education Program. She is also the principal investigator for the State of Arizona’s Department of Health Services Diabetes Control Program Amputation Risk Reduction Project. Dr. Aung is in private practice in Tuscon, Ariz., and is the Co-Director of the Wound Center at Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson, Ariz.

   Dr. Goldsmith is the CEO of Codingline. He is a consultant to the American Podiatric Medical Association’s Department of Health Policy and Practice. Dr. Goldsmith is a medical reviewer to a number of insurance companies. He is a certified Surgical Foot and Ankle coder (AAPC specialty coder certification).

   Dr. Poggio is a California Podiatric Medicine Association Liaison to Palmetto GBA J1 MAC and a medical consultant to several national health insurance and review organizations. He is a member of the American College of Podiatric Medical Reviewers and is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics.

   Dr. Suzuki is the Medical Director of the Tower Wound Care Center at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers. He is also on the medical staff of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and is a Visiting Professor at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University in Tokyo.

   For further reading, see “A Guide To Coding For Outpatient And In-Hospital Debridement” in the August 2011 issue of Podiatry Today.

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