Best Practices for Coding Breast Procedures

Event Information
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Prerecorded Event
Jan Rasmussen, PCS, ACS-GI, ACS-OB
60 minutes
Product Description

Improve Documentation & Anatomy Knowledge to Optimize Reimbursement for Breast Procedures

Coding for breast procedures can be tough – you don’t want to mistake a skin biopsy for a breast biopsy, or a superficial biopsy removal for a deep axillary node dissection. With all the codes and procedures in the book, it’s easy to get tripped up even with a solid knowledge of anatomy. Looking for some guidance?

Join expert speaker Jan Rasmussen as she provides specific key documentation points and details so you can quickly pull out the most relevant information for your coding needs.

This session will take you step-by-step through the most common breast procedures, outlining the differences between each so you’ll have a keener eye for detail. You’ll learn how to discern between procedures such as biopsy versus partial mastectomy, tips for billing for both a biopsy and breast removal at the same operative session, and understand the indications for internal mammary lymph node dissection. Rasmussen will provide documentation best practice examples to improve the quality of physician-coder communication.

After attending this audio event, you will be able to quickly implement your improved anatomy knowledge, efficiently document and code for breast procedures with key terms, and implement documentation best practices to support optimal reimbursement and eliminate audit risk for breast procedures.

Session Highlights

This program will teach you how to:

  • Differentiate between biopsy and partial mastectomy
  • Code for skin biopsy versus breast biopsy
  • Distinguish between superficial biopsy removal versus deep axillary node dissection
  • Note indications for internal mammary lymph node dissection
  • Bill for both a biopsy and breast removal at the same operative session
  • Discern sentinel lymph node dissection versus complete axillary node removal
  • Identify placement of radiation devices immediately following breast procedures
  • Report image guided biopsies including placement of radiological markers

Session Agenda

  • Breast biopsy procedures
  • Mammotome/MIBB
  • BIRADS system
  • Excisional breast lesion procedures
  • Breast procedure terminology
  • Repair following partial mastectomy
  • Tissue advancement codes
  • Sentinal node biopsy
  • Follow up visits
  • Different kinds of Mastectomy
  • Breast radiotherapy
  • Expandable catheters
  • Afterloading breast radiotherapy

Who Should Attend

  • General surgery coding professionals
  • Coders for breast surgeons
  • General Surgery office managers/administrators
  • Breast surgeon documenters

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About Our Speaker

Jan Rasmussen - Gastroenterology Coding Expert

Jan Rasmussen, PCS, ACS-GI, ACS-OB, is a healthcare consultant with more than 30 years of experience in physician billing, reimbursement and compliance. She is a former board member of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). As a member of the AAPC, Rasmussen previously served on the AAPC Advisory Board as the liaison to the American Medical Association (AMA).

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