CMS released Transmittal 4313 on May 24 describing changes that will be implemented in the July 2019 quarterly update to the OPPS. These changes included several new HCPCS codes for reporting certain drugs and biologicals.
Because lower extremity diagnoses are often associated with issues in other parts of the body, assessing the severity of a patient’s podiatric condition can be challenging. Shelley Safian, PhD, RHIA, HCISPP, COC, CPC-I , reviews physician E/M coding for patients seeking treatment for foot and lower leg problems.
Q: A physician orders a comprehensive metabolic panel and a quantitative blood sample to measure blood glucose level. How would a coder report these services using CPT codes, and what modifier would he or she use to indicate that the blood sample was performed separately from the panel?
Learn how ICD-10-CM coding accuracy, specificity, and compliance impacts provider performance in each of the four performance categories under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
A May report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that some physician practices were at the root of basic coding errors that caused federal overpayments. Although the Essence audit was small, the findings have significant implications for physician coders.
The month of May is designated Skin Cancer Awareness Month by the American Academy of Dermatology. In this article, Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, HCS-D , writes about ICD-10-CM/CPT coding for common types of skin cancer and their treatments.
With the addition of the two new telehealth service codes for 2019, providers now have 98 CMS-approved telehealth services to report. Yvette DeVay, MHA, CPC, CPMA, CIC, CPC-I , describes the two newest telehealth HCPCS codes and breaks down 2019 billing regulations surrounding telehealth.
At a Senate Committee on Finance hearing on May 8, physician groups urged Congress to work with CMS to improve the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) by establishing new performance measures and providing greater financial incentives for participating providers.
Diagnosis coding for skin ulcers can be particularly confusing as different kinds of ulcers have their own etiology and associated ICD-10-CM code. Review ICD-10-CM coding and reporting for venous, pressure, and diabetic skin ulcers. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.