Approximately 185,000 amputations occur in the U.S. each year, according to the Amputee Coalition. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , breaks down documentation and ICD-10-PCS coding for amputations of the upper and lower extremities. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
CMS offers hospitals some breathing room to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the 2022 IPPS proposed rule. Review proposed updates to complication/comorbidity (CC) and major CC classifications, and a proposed new MS-DRG rate-setting method aimed at alleviating hospital burden.
A recent Office of Inspector General audit estimates that Medicare improperly paid inpatient hospitals $267 million over a two-year period for transfer services incorrectly billed as discharges. Judith Kares, JD , analyzes documentation and billing rules for acute and post-acute transfers.
In the U.S., tympanostomy tube insertion is the most common ambulatory surgery performed on children under 15, according to StatPearls. Debbie Jones, CPC, CCA , reviews common types of ear infections and CPT coding for myringotomies with tympanostomy tube insertion. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Joe Rivet, Esq., CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CICA, CHRC, CHPC, CHEP, CHC, CICA, CAC, CACO , describes upcoming changes to CMS’ prior authorization program, including expansion of the program to include two additional outpatient services, effective July 1.
A relatively small 2022 ICD-10-CM update will contain 14 codes of interest to pain management practices if the proposed changes go into effect October 1. Julia Kyles, CPC , unpacks proposed updates to ICD-10-CM codes for painful chronic conditions.