• 1/27/14 - Tap Catheters

    Question: What is a TAP catheter, and how should we code for using one?   Answer: Transversus abdominis plane (TAP) catheters are an alternative to epidural analgesia after upper abdominal surgery. It sometimes is also used as an adjunct to anesthesia for abdominal laparoscopic procedures.   If a TAP catheter is used for postoperative pain management, ...

  • 1/22/14 - Open Vs. Closed Fracture Care

    Question: When is open vs. closed fracture care appropriate to report?   Answer: Open fracture care is reported when the provider creates an opening to expose the bone to treat the fracture. Open fracture care is not performed in the emergency department; instead, the patient is taken to an operating room. Closed ...