CPT and HCPCS

Excising External Hemorrhoids CPT: Check Your Knowledge
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Excising External Hemorrhoids CPT: Check Your Knowledge

** This post was reviewed and updated on December 17, 2023. ** The Coding Challenge Question: A 38-year-old female with a history of discomfort due to external hemorrhoids and intermittent bleeding is seen today with a complaint of an external hemorrhoid. She previously had a colonoscopy, and the results came back normal. The patient is…

Knee Replacement Surgery Coding Challenge
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Knee Replacement Surgery Coding Challenge

The Coding Challenge Question: Patient with a long history of rheumatoid arthritis is admitted for a total knee replacement of both knees. The patient has significant bilateral knee joint pain, stiffness, and loss of function. Assign the CPT code(s). A. 27447, 27447-50B. 27446-50C. 27447-51D. 27487-RT, 27487-LT Answer: A. 27447, 27447-50 The patient is having a…

Scaphocephaly and its Treatment Coding Challenge
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Scaphocephaly and its Treatment Coding Challenge

The Coding Challenge Question: A 4-month-old boy presented to the outpatient clinic with an atypical head shape. After a physical examination and preoperative scanning images, a diagnosis of sagittal synostosis (scaphocephaly) was confirmed. A neurosurgeon and plastic surgeon worked as co-surgeons to treat the condition using an endoscopic-assisted craniectomy technique. A week following surgery, the…

Incision and Drainage Coding (CPT) for Pilonidal Cyst
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Incision and Drainage Coding (CPT) for Pilonidal Cyst

** This post was reviewed and updated on December 17, 2023. ** The Coding Challenge Question: A patient is seen in the dermatologist’s office for a painful growth in the sacrococcygeal region that weeps fluid. A diagnosis of a pilonidal cyst is made, and a simple incision and drainage is performed with normal wound care….