Michael Malohifo’ou, RN, MBA, PhD, explains how excessive use of emergency departments can result in unfavorable outcomes . He also assesses the complicated relationships between EDs, social determinants of health ICD-10-CM coding, and mental and behavioral health CPT services.
A scan of healthcare news sources or the Office of Inspector General work plan often finds psychiatry and mental health practices under scrutiny. Laurie Bouzarelos, MHA, CPC, reviews revenue cycle functions, provider contracting/credentialing, and coding and documentation tips to avoid denials.
The 2024 ICD-10-CM update added 36 codes to the now nearly 400 codes in category M80.- (osteoporosis with current pathological fracture). The additional codes add further specificity for pelvis fractures due to age-related osteoporosis.
The 2024 OPPS final rule details changes to price transparency compliance, reimbursement changes and, updates to numerous other hospital programs. Additionally, CMS is moving forward with its proposals to address unlawful payment reductions to 340B drug reimbursement.
Part B physicians will have to prepare for a net 3.4% payment decrease across services in 2024, according to the 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule, which covers numerous operational areas for medical groups, including new coverage opportunities and billing revisions to coding and compliance updates.
Niki Crawford, CCS-P, CPC, RCC, CCP-AS, CCP, QMC, describes a new addition to the Category III CPT code set with add-on code 0715T. She summarizes the procedure, reviews the associated technology, and gives coding tips and a clinical example.
2024 CPT manuals contain several changes related to integrated peripheral and spinal neurostimulator systems. The seven code additions, four code revisions, and new guidelines clarify when coders should use permanent procedure codes from the nervous system chapter vs. a Category III code.