ICD-10-CM codes for reporting dementia diagnoses include new specificity. Caren J. Swartz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CIC, and Betty Hovey, CPC, CPC-H, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CPCD, examine what terms and details providers might need to add to their documentation.
Since CMS introduced the four replacements for modifier -59 (distinct procedural service), providers have struggled with how and when to apply them. Gloria Miller, CPC, CPMA, CPPM, and Christi Roberts, RHIA, CCA, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, provide examples of when these new modifiers can be used.
A Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) contractor special study found improper payments on Medicare Part B claims including HCPCS code 84999 (unlisted chemistry procedure) submitted from October to December 2013, according to the latest Medicare Quarterly Compliance Newsletter .
Q: We have a patient with chronic severe low back pain, etiology unknown, on MS Contin®, an opioid. Due to the patient’s history of drug-seeking behavior and cannabis abuse, the physician orders a drug screen prior to refilling the prescription. With the changes to drug testing codes in 2015, what would be the appropriate laboratory CPT ® codes to report?