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In the “Insider’s” portion before Episode 153 begins, Ms Digby discusses four types of breast cancer and how to report the various surgical treatments for these diagnoses. As the episode begins, the first item, from our friend Anonymous” is there a code to report a post op lumbar epidural hematoma which developed post laminectomy? Next Paula discussed routine reporting of depression screenings – make certain you achieve Medical Necessity if you plan to bill. Finally, another Anonymous wonders whether we should quantify over and under billing revealed by a compliance audit.

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