We’ve survived the holiday feast and decided to skip the doorbusting to head out and visit the cute and fluffy animals at the Anytown Zoo. Of course, no outing would be complete without some injuries...
Tom Turkey has come in to the Stitch ‘Em Up Hospital for a little work before Thanksgiving. Dr. Carver is going to first take out Tom’s guts, then replace them with stuffing. How would we code Tom’s...
Q: If a physician documents a patient as HIV positive, should the ICD-10-CM code Z21 be reported? What about if they document the patient is HIV positive with an HIV-related illness—would that be reported with ICD-10-CM code B20?
Departmental silos are prevalent in the healthcare world and can lead to unvoiced frustrations and counterproductive work. This article reviews how different organizations have various approaches to breaking down these walls.
Alba Kuqi, MD, MSHIM, CDIP, CCS, CCDS, CRCR, CICA, CSMC, RHIA, CCM, says that when reporting sepsis in ICD-10-CM, it’s important that evidence of sepsis is found throughout the body of a patient’s medical record. A clinical validity query may be necessary if the provider confirms the diagnosis of sepsis, but clinical evidence is lacking in the documentation.
Susan Belley, M.Ed., RHIA, CPHQ, and Audrey Howard, RHIA, write that a majority of inpatients during this omicron surge are admitted for reasons other than COVID-19 and are incidentally found to be COVID-19-positive—making this an opportune time to review ICD-10-CM reporting for COVID-19 as a secondary diagnosis. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released multiple addenda with new tabular and index instructions and updates to the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting to complement the updated ICD-10-CM code set to become effective April 1.
The 2022 CPT code set includes 249 new codes that went into effect January 1. Review new CPT codes for spinal decompressions, cataract removals, auditory implantations, and more. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
CMS recently released the 2022 National Correct Coding Initiative Policy Manual for Medicare Services . Julia Kyles, CPC , breaks down procedure-to-procedure and medically unlikely edits for a selection of new provider-based services.