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Briefings on APCs, April 2010

Briefings on APCs, April 1, 2010

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In this issue, we explain the basics of condition code 44 and explore the challenges presented by observation services and physician supervision requirements with condition code 44. Expert Lolita M. Jones provides some coding tips as well as a handy chart to help you determine the correct coding for lesion excisions. We also examine NCCI edits for outpatient therapy and offer advice for determining whether you should override the edits. In addition, expert Joanne Byron, LPN, BSNH, CHA, CMC, CPC, MCMC, PCS, provides some answers to frequently asked questions about therapy coding. Finally, we explain the importance of auditing injection and infusion coding.

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