This webinar will discuss the current coding and trends for skin repairs performed by physicians to include lacerations and skin grafts, flaps, and substitutes. The codes involved can be found in the integumentary and musculoskeletal surgery sections of the CPT®. In today’s environment, technology continues to invent new methods for treating defects in the skin whether caused by injury or surgical procedure(s). CPT® codes continue to be added and revised to meet the requirements of this new technology, while maintaining current techniques that are still effective. Attendees will have a clear understanding of how to apply these codes to their real life situations that involve skin closures by repair, grafting, or flaps.
- Wound repairs have different levels of complexity that needs to be understood.
- Measurements, whether in length or sq. cm. needs to be accurate for maximum reimbursement
- There are several types of skin grafting that are possible.
- Skin substitutes are being used more frequently. Knowledge of their differences is critical.
- Being able to understand the documentation and what may be missing is important to assign the proper codes.
- Knowing the difference in skin flaps for wound coverage will help with coding accuracy.
- Modifiers can be helpful in explaining needed information to insurance companies, but we need to know which ones to use when.
Areas Covered in the Session:
- Reporting repair codes for lacerations by area of the body
- New guidelines in the differences between intermediate and complex repairs
- Correct coding for multiple lacerations
- Choosing the specific skin graft code for the kind of graft being utilized
- When can the cost of the graft itself be reported separately
- Skin flap guidelines for covering defects of all sizes and shapes
- New codes for fat grafts for 2020
- Graft codes that involve fat obtained from liposuction
- Sneak peak at office visit changes for 2021
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Who Should Attend:
- Facility Inpatient and Outpatient Coder
- Medical Assistants
- Claims Processors
- Payment Posters
- Anyone involved with Professional fee for service billing and coding
About the Presenter:
Lynn M. Anderanin, CPC, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, COSC, is the Sr. Director of Coding Education for Healthcare Information Services, a physicians revenue cycle management company. She has over 35 years experience in all areas of the physician practice, and specializes in Orthopaedics. Lynn is currently a workshop and audio presenter. She is a former member of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) National Advisory Board and has served on several other boards for the AAPC. She is also the founder of her local chapter of the AAPC.
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