Coding Corner

The Coding Corner contains updates on the work of the ASSH Coding and Physician Reimbursement Committee, and occasional information on hard-to-code procedures, written by Daniel J. Nagle, MD. Click on any of the issues on the left hand side.

More coding information can be found using the resources listed here:

AMA Publications
The American Medical Association has a complete line of coding reference materials. Visit the AMA website.

ASSH Publications
The American Society for Surgery of the Hand has published two books to assist hand surgeons with coding issues. Both books were updated in 2010. These and other publications are available from the ASSH Store.
* ICD-9 CM for Hand Surgery
* Global Services Guide for Hand Surgery

Coding Course
A half day coding course pertinent to hand surgery is generally held immediately before or after the ASSH Annual Meeting. Presented for ASSH by Karen Zupko and Associates. Contact for the date of the next course.

Coding Questions?
When all else fails, you may want to contact the ASSH Coding and Reimbursement Committee. If you are a member of the ASSH, you may submit your question to the committee via email: These questions are sent to the committee. Opinions of its members are compiled and then passed back to the individual who made the inquiry. How the member ultimately chooses to code for the procedure is always up to him or her.

CPT/RVU Lookup
Find the RVU associated with any CPT code using the free search engine on AMA website.

Karen Zupko and Associates
This practice management and consulting firm has been working with physicians since 1985. Their website addresses many coding issues, and offers helpful resources.


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