Coding Surgical Procedures: Beyond the Basics by Gail I. Smith

By Gail I. Smith

Coding surgeries: past the fundamentals permits you to strengthen the mandatory coding abilities required past the elemental point. Surgical coding is the main tough section of strategy coding. every one bankruptcy makes a speciality of the medical element of surgeries and its program to approach coding. surgeries are mapped to reliable coding instructions for an in-depth figuring out of right coding perform, and every bankruptcy contains case stories, routines, and assets to reinforce your wisdom of surgery coding. A partial resolution key appears to be like within the appendix so that you can cost your development throughout the routines and case reviews. encompasses a unfastened trial of EncoderPro.

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There was no obvious abscess. Full thickness of the necrotic skin was excised down to the fascial level. There was bleeding in the capillary level of the fascia. The area was dressed with some antibiotic ointment. Sterile Telfa and 4 × 4’s and a Kerlix were placed. The leg was elevated, and she was returned to recovery in satisfactory condition. Code(s) Case Study 2-6: Emergency Department Record A 32-year-old machinist is seen for evaluation and treatment of a laceration sustained at work this morning from a piece of sheet metal.

The incision was marked with about 3 mm of margin using a marking pen, and local anesthetic was then infiltrated under the markings. An incision was made with the help of a #15 blade. The incision was deepened down to the subcutaneous level, and the lesion was excised from the subcutaneous level with the help of a #15 blade. The specimen was sent for frozen section, which revealed the margins were clear. Hemostasis was achieved by saline compresses. The wound edges were first aligned in position by advancing from the sites and held up in position using interrupted 5-0 nylon sutures.

The ED physician cleans the wound and removes the superficial skin layer along with the contaminated tissue. An ointment and bandages were applied. (CPT code 11040) • Several codes are provided for debridement associated with open fractures (11010–11012). • A series of debridement codes can be found in the “Medicine” section of CPT for services performed by non-physician professionals. The Active Wound Care Management codes (97597–97606) are typically performed by physical therapists or wound care nurses.

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