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Coding Companion for Plastics/Dermatology — 2019



2019 Coding Companion®
for Plastics/Dermatology

Consolidate the coding process with the Coding Companion, your one-stop coding resource
developed exclusively for plastic surgery and dermatology. This comprehensive and easy-touse
guide is updated for 2019 and organized by specialty-specific CPT®
codes. Each CPT®
code includes its official description and lay description, coding tip, Medicare edits, relative
value units and is cross-coded to common ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes to complete the coding
process. Getting to the code information you need has never been so easy.

Key Features and Benefits

 New—Evaluation and Management Services. Evaluation and Management codes commonly used
in your specialty are now included with their official description and lay description, coding tip,
Medicare edits, and relative value units. Also included is a chapter with coding guidelines and tables to
assist you in the E/M code selection process.
 Code icons. Quickly identify new, revised, and add-on procedure codes related to plastic surgery and
 CPT® Assistant references. Identifies that an article or discussion of the CPT®
code has been in the
American Medical Association’s CPT Assistant newsletter. Use the citation to locate the correct
 Quickly find information. All the information you need is provided with the CPT®
code, including
illustrations, lay descriptions, coding tips, clinical terms, Medicare RVUs and IOM references and
commonly associated ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes.
 Easily determine fees for your practice and reinforce consistency in the charges. Relative value
units including the practice, work, and malpractice components with total RVUs for non-facility and
facility are included.
 Avoid claim denials and/or audits. Medicare payer information includes references to Internet Only
Manual (IOM) guidelines, follow-up days, and assistant-at-surgery.
 CCI edits by CPT®
and HCPCS procedure code. CPT®
and HCPCS procedure codes with their
associated CCI edits are provided in a special section. Quarterly updates are available online.
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