procedures, local anesthesia, one related E/M encounter prior, immediate post op care, order prep, evaluation of patient in recovery, typical post op follow up care
What 7 items are included in the surgical package?
procedure, pre op services prior, post op follow up, complications, post surgical pain management, insignificant surgical procedures not done in operating room
What six items are included in the Medicare surgical package for major surgeries?
procedure, pre op services prior, post op follow up
What three items are included in Medicare surgical package for minor surgeries?
For major surgeries, Medicare allows post op follow up care for up to _____.
For minor surgeries, Medicare allows post up follow up care for up to _____.
True or False. Treatment for any complications that occur during the post op period are included in the surgical package.
National Correct Coding Initiative
NCCI stands for
Who developed NCCI?
correct coding, inappropriate unbundling
The NCCI was created to promote ______ nationwide and prevent ________.
comprehensive component edits
Coding edits that pertain to HCPCS that should not be used together
mutually exclusive edits
Coding edits that apply to improbable or impossible combinations of codes
skin, nails, breasts
Body parts that are included in the integumentary subsection
type of lesion, site, size, type of closure
What information must be known to accurately code excision of lesions (4)?
When taking into account the size of an excised lesion, you should always include ______.
The surgeon records that he excised a 5cm lesion with 2 cm margins. How big was the total excision?
tissue transfer, rearrangement, excision
The adjacent tissue transfer codes include the _______ or ______ and _____.
This type of wound repair primarily involves the epidermis, dermis or subcutaneous tissues without involvement of deeper structures.
This type of wound repair requires the suturing of only one layer.
This type of would repair involves one or more of the deeper layers of subcutaneous tissue and superficial fascia and skin.
This type of wound repair is closed in layers.
If a wound requires closure of the subcutaneous tissue or more than one layer beneath the dermis, it is considered an ______ repair.
A one layer wound that is heavily contaminated and requires extensive cleaning would be an _____ repair.
This type of wound repair goes beyond layered closure and requires scar revision, debridement, undermining, stents, or retention sutures.
type of repair, site, extent of wound, length of repair
What information is needed to code wound closures (4)?
prolonged cleansing, removal, tissue, separately
Debridement can be reported separately from wound repair when it requires _____, _____ of considerable amounts of _______, or if it is carried out _____.
same classification, same anatomic groups
When coding repairs of multiple wounds you add together the lengths of wound in the _____ from the _______.
When sequencing codes for multiple wound repairs the most ______ is reported first.
Are superficial wounds closed only with Steri strips and bandages reported with simple repair codes?
This involves treating damaged or lost skin in which a piece is taken from another area and transplanted to damaged or missing section.
This type of skin grafting involves making an incision above, through, and below scar or defect.
This type of skin grafting is used to reposition a scar so it more closely conforms to the natural lines and creases of the skin.
This type of skin grafting involves a series of triangular flaps; two are removed and then the other two are moved together and sutured into place.
v y plasty
This type of skin grafting involves a v shaped incision with advancement and stretching of the skin. The defect is then covered and forms a Y when sutured.
This type of skin grafting involves a curved or semicircular incision of the skin and subcutaneous tissues.
This type of skin grafting involves the sliding of a pedicle graft into the new position.
The physician records 3cm, 4cm, and 6cm simple wound repairs of the elbow and forearm. He also records a 5 cm intermediate wound repair of the arm. What is the total length of the simple would repair to be coded? What is the total length of the intermediate wound repair?
This type of skin grafting involves grafted tissue that remains connected to the vascular bed.
This type of skin grafting is obtained from a genetically dissimilar individual.
This type of skin grafting is obtained from a different species.
free skin graft
This type of skin grafting involves a piece of skin taken from a donor and place on the damaged area.
pedicle flap graft
This type of skin grafting involves the removal of skin leaving one end still attached; the skin is then folded over the damaged area.
This type of skin grafting involves applying biomaterial engineered tissue to substitute for skin autograft or allograft.
This is a piece of skin cut away near site and transferred with the base attached.
mohs micrographic surgery
Used for skin cancer, this treatment involves excising the tissue all the way down until no cancer is found; involves several stages with histologic exam of 100% of the surgical margins.
This type of breast biopsy removes the entire lesion.
This type of breast biopsy removes only a portion of the lesion.
How are procedures performed on both breasts indicated?
This involves fixing a fracture by exposing the site via surgical incision.
This involves fixing a fracture without surgical excision.
When a fracture is treated with reduction or restoration it is _________.
replacement casts, pain relief
Additional codes for casts and strapping would apply for ________ or to afford ______.
restorative treatment, same physician, treatment, another physician, treatment
Additional codes for casts and strapping would apply for initial casts without __________, when __________ does not perform ______, when ______ provides or will provide _______.
If a patient had both diagnostic and surgical arthroscopy, which procedure would be coded?
_______ endoscopic procedures are automatically included as part of the code when the patient has a surgical endoscopic procedures.
When a diagnostic and surgical endoscopy is performed during the same operative episode which procedure(s) do you report?
modifier 50, unilateral
If a procedure from 31231-31294 (nasal sinus endoscopy) is reported as bilateral, you will need ______ because these codes are assumed ______.
This type of laryngoscopy uses a small mirror to visualize the vocal chords.
This type of laryngoscopy uses a scope to visualize the vocal chords.
Would the use of an operating microscope affect your code choice when coding laryngoscopy?
When an operating microscope is used during a laryngoscopy, a _______ is used.
selective arterial catheterization
______ requires that the catheter be removed, manipulated, or guided into a part of the arterial system other than aorta or the vessel punctured.
nonselective arterial catheterization
______ involves the placement of a catheter or needle directly into an artery or it is negotiated only into the thoracic or abdominal aorta from any approach.
selective venous catheterization
_________ includes catheter placement in those veins that rise directly from the vena cava or the vein punctured directly (primary) and any subsequent (secondary) branches of the primary venous branches.
non selective venous catheterization
______ involves direct puncture of peripheral veins and the vena cava; or placement of the catheter in the inferior or superior vena cava by any route.
What are the two components of a pacemaker?
How many codes need to be assigned to fully code arterial-venous bypass grafting?
When a small, flexible tube is placed in large veins for frequent access, it is called a ______.
When a tube is placed in the arm and advanced into the larger subclavian vein, it is called a ______.
________ catheters are fixed in place at the site of insertion, with the catheter and attachments protruding directly.
______ catheters are passed under the skin from the insertion site to a separate exit site, where the catheter and its attachments emerge from underneath the skin.
This is a passageway between an artery to a vein which is surgically created for hemodialysis treatments.
This is the surgical removal of a clot.
Is a CPT code assigned if the nurse inserts the catheter?
Is a CPT code assigned if removal of a catheter involves pulling it out at the bedside?
This is a scope of the upper gastrointestinal region including the esophagus, stomach and upper duodenum.
This is a scope of the rectum and sigmoid colon.
This is a scope of the rectum, sigmoid, and portion of descending colon.
This is a scope of the entire colon, from the rectum to cecum.
What modifier is assigned if a patient is prepped for a colonoscopy, but the procedure was incomplete?
type or site, initial or recurrent, age, clinical presentation, surgical treatment
What information is needed in order to assign CPT codes for hernia repairs(5)?
body part, procedure
What methodology is used to categorize genitourinary endoscopies(2)?
How many codes would be assigned for a procedure involving a hysteroscopic biopsy and dilation and curettage of the uterus?
dilation and curettage
What is commonly performed with a hysteroscopic biopsy?
To code spinal injections, coders need to determine what two things?
surgical approach, location, procedure
To code spinal surgery, coders need to determine what three things?
How many codes are used for cataract extraction with the insertion of intraocular lens prosthesis during the same operative episode?
Type of cataract extraction where the lens with capsule are removed.
Type of cataract extraction where the lens is removed without the capsule.
What term should you use if a physician performed a myringotomy for the insertion of a ventilating tube?
This phrase, which is in parentheses after code description, allows you to code a procedure if it is not an integral part of another procedure.
The national correct coding initiative applies to _____ and _____.
NCCI updates _______.
deepest level, size
For debridement, coding decisions are based on _____ and _____.
For debridement, the surface area of multiple wounds can be added if they are the same _____.
electrosurgery, cryosurgery, laser, chemical treatment
Destruction of lesions include what four methods?
Skin grafts are measured in _____.
For fractures, do you code for the initial cast?
Type of pacemaker with a pulse generator and one electrode inserted in either the atrium or ventricle.
Type of pacemaker with a pulse generator and electrodes inserted into both the atrium and ventricle.
type of procedure, central or peripheral, tunneled, age
When coding central venous access procedures, what are four things that must be considered?
Procedures designed to improve blood supply to an area.
iliac, femoropopliteal, tibial/peroneal
Endovascular revascularization is differentiated by which three territories?
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
This type of endoscopy is used to visualize the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas.
Mesh code may only be used as an add on code if used for _____ or _____ hernia repair.
When physician uses cysto, look under _____.
When a catheter is placed into (not at or near the origin) a branch off the aorta or the access vessel. Each of these vessels arising from the aorta or access vessel represents different vascular families.
Refers to a catheter that remains in the accessed vessel or that has made it into the aorta.
Surgical method in which a patient's dead, damaged, or infected tissue is removed to assist in the healing process.
moles, cysts, keloids, warts, skin tags
Skin lesions can include which five types?
shaving, paring, excising, laser
Lesion removal can be done with which four methods?
excision of skin lesion, musculoskeletal
For excisions, if a lipoma extends into the dermis, use code for ______. If a lipoma extends into the soft tissue, use a code from the _______ section.
Repairs with tissue adhesives like Dermabond are reported using the appropriate code from the ______ category.
Type of biopsy that involves the insertion of a hollow needle to remove a biopsy specimen of breast tissue.
Type of mastectomy that refers to the partial removal of part of the breast tissue, leaving the breast almost intact.
A partial mastectomy is also called a ______ or _____.
Type of mastectomy for the excision of all the breast tissue, with the lymph nodes and muscles left intact.
Type of mastectomy used for excision of breast tissue with the skin and nipple intact
Type of mastectomy referring to the excision of breast tissue including pectoral muscles and axillary lymph nodes.
Type of mastectomy used for the excision of breast tissue including axillary lymph nodes with or without pectoralis minor muscles, but pectoralis major muscles are left intact.
location of electrode, type of procedure, type of approach
When coding for a pacemaker, you should consider what three elements?
inserting, replacing, repositioning
Three types of procedures to consider when coding for a pacemaker.
Two approaches for placing electrodes for a pacemaker.
With regard to lesions in the colon, when doing a biopsy on a lesion and then excising it, you should code for _____ only.
With regard to lesions of the colon, when doing a biopsy on one lesion and excising a another, assign a ______ code for the first lesion and a _____ code for the second lesion.
internal, external, both, columns/groups
Surgical incision codes for hemorrhoidectomy is differentiated by whether hemorrhoids were _____, _____, or _____ and the number of ______.
Type of hernia above the navel
Type of hernia at the navel
Herniation usually above the inferior epigastric vessel along the outer border of the rectus muscle.
Protruding organs can be returned to normal position by surgical manipulation.
The colon or cecum is part of the hernia sac.
Hernia cannot be reduced without surgical intervention.
The hernia is an incarcerated hernia in which the blood supply to the contained organ is reduced - medical emergency.
Modifier _____ should be reported when multiple procedures are performed on urinary tract.
male genital system
Codes for removal of lesions of the penis is located in the ______ subsection.
Prostatectomy involving the use of a scope inserted through the urethra to remove prostate tissue piece by piece.
Prostatectomy involving an incision between the back of the scrotum and anus.
Prostatectomy involving an incision in the front wall of the abdomen above the pubic bone to reach the prostate.