The gastrointestinal system is subject to many diseases and conditions that ICD-10-CM allows coders to report in more detail. Jaci Johnson Kipreos, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, COC, CPC-I, and Annie Boynton, BS, RHIT, CPCO, CCS, CPC, CCS-P, COC, CPC-P, CPC-I, describe the changes for reporting hernias and Crohn’s disease in ICD-10-CM.
Physician office coders are likely familiar with coding for x-ray procedures, but may not have much experience coding ultrasound. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, CDIP, COBGC, and ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, reviews how ultrasound procedure codes are categorized and offers tips on reporting them in office settings.
The 2015 CPT ® Manual included big changes to drug test reporting. Denise Williams, RN, CPC-H, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer and AHIMA ICD-10 ambassador, and Steven Espinosa, CCS, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, explain the changes and how they will impact documentation and coding.
A Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) study found insufficient documentation to be the cause of 97% of improper payments for certain kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty procedures, according to the Medicare Quarterly Compliance Newsletter.
Q: I am a coder in a hospital outpatient setting. Our physicians document drug use in social history. For example, marijuana use is documented as just "marijuana use" without any further information regarding a pattern of use or abuse. Based on that information, can I report ICD-9-CM code 305.20 (cannabis abuse, unspecified)? How would this be reported in ICD-10-CM?