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Upcoding vs. downcoding: Know the difference

February 9, 2016

“Upcoding” means reporting a higher-level service or procedure or a more complex diagnosis, than is supported by medical necessity, medical facts, or the provider’s documentation. For example, reporting a diagnosis of chronic bronchitis if the patient has acute bronchitis qualifies as upcoding, as would billing a level 5 evaluation and management (E&M) service (e.g., 99215) for a minor patient problem, or coding for excision of a 2.5 cm skin lesion (e.g., 11403 Excision, benign lesion including margins, except skin tag (unless listed elsewhere), trunk, arms or legs; excised diameter 2.1 to 3.0 cm) when the lesion actually measured 1 cm (e.g., 11401 … excised diameter 0.6 to 1.0 cm).

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Technique Tip: The Use of Cannulated Drill as a Tamp to Remove Loose Cannulated Screws

February 8, 2016

Subtalar arthrodesis is considered to be the gold standard surgical solution for end-stage subtalar joint arthrosis. Although subtalar joint fusion rates are high, nonunion has been reported to range from 0% to 43%. Revision subtalar arthrodesis regardless of etiology often requires removal of loose hardware in soft bone.

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Arthrodesis of the Subtalar Joint in a High School Football Player With a Talocalcaneal Coalition: Case Report With Functional Analysis

February 8, 2016

Tarsal coalition is a bony or fibrous bridge between 2 tarsal bones.

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Letter to the editor on “Periprosthetic osteolysis after AES total ankle replacement: Conventional radiography versus CT scan”

February 7, 2016

Publication date: Available online 6 February 2016 Source: Foot and Ankle Surgery Author(s): Helka Koivu, Ia Kohonen

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Poncet’s disease (Tubercular Rheumatism) with primary involvement of the foot–A Case Report

February 7, 2016

Publication date: Available online 6 February 2016 Source: Foot and Ankle Surgery Author(s): Saif Sait, Mohd. Mubashir, Rahij Anwar, Nissa Khan

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Poncet’s disease (Tubercular Rheumatism) with primary involvement of the foot–A Case Report

February 7, 2016

Publication date: Available online 6 February 2016 Source: Foot and Ankle Surgery Author(s): Saif Sait, Mohd. Mubashir, Rahij Anwar, Nissa Khan

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Conversion of Ankle Autofusion to Total Ankle Replacement Using the Salto XT Revision Prosthesis

February 5, 2016

Publication date: Available online 4 February 2016 Source: Foot and Ankle Surgery Author(s): Emilie R.C. Williamson, Constantine A

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An Isolated Chronic Osteochondral Fracture of the Third Metatarsal Head Treated With Bioabsorbable Pins: A Case Report

February 4, 2016

An osteochondral fracture of the metatarsal head is generally the result of direct trauma and is associated with additional proximal fractures of the medially adjacent metatarsals.

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