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The CPT codes in the “Repair (Closure)” section of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) book are intended for wound closure performed with “sutures, staples, or tissue adhesives.” Full guidelines for the use of these codes can be found on…

Major changes are coming to office and outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) coding that will take effect January 1, 2021. These changes only affect CPT codes 99201-99205 and 99211-99215.

Prior to the new CPT codes for 2019, we would report biopsies with CPT code 11100 for the first lesion and 11101 for each additional lesion biopsied regardless of the method of removal. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has…

If both an evaluation and management (E/M) and a minor procedure are performed at the same encounter, you can and should code both if the (E/M) is separately identifiable from the procedure.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule in November, and it goes into effect Jan. 1. The proposal to create separate codes for podiatric evaluation and…

Answer: It depends, but probably not.

By Anthony Poggio, DPM

A seemingly minor mistake in coding can lead to claim denials and reduced reimbursement. This author takes a closer look at common coding pitfalls, including errors with modifiers, downcoding and LCDs, and how to reduce repeat coding errors.…

As the new fiscal year begins next month, any changes to the ICD-10 (diagnoses) codes that we use will go into effect October 1, 2018. There are a total of 473 code changes this year. That includes 279 new codes, 143…

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