Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CRC , reviews the answers to commonly asked questions pertaining to sepsis documentation to help coders and CDI specialists ensure accurate reporting of this condition.
CMS released the fiscal year (FY) 2020 IPPS final rule on August 2 with updates to payment rates and wage index values, changes to CC/MCC designations, and revisions to various MS-DRGs. Policy updates affect approximately 3,300 acute care hospitals and apply to discharges beginning October 1.
Tamara Hicks, RN, BSN, MHA, CCS, CCS, ACM-RN, CCDS-O , explains how her organization implemented a CDI career ladder and why it’s an important step for hospitals looking to expand their coding and CDI departments.
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of heart arrhythmia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, RHIA, CCS-P, COC, CPC-I , reviews outpatient coding for AF and surgical techniques used to treat the condition on a case-by-case basis.
Q: A patient presents to a wound care clinic for assessment of a 15 sq. cm open wound. A nurse evaluates the wound and performs selective debridement. Would it be appropriate to bill an E/M code and if so, should we report modifier -25?
The 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule includes significant documentation and payment changes for outpatient office visits reporting using E/M codes 99202-99215. Beginning in 2021, these proposed updates could add billions of dollars to the national E/M revenue stream.