Members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create national coding guidelines for ED visits by 2022, following an April 4 meeting.
Vestibular migraine is a common visual and neurological disorder that can be difficult to diagnose as symptoms of the disorder resemble those of other conditions such as vestibular neuritis and Meniere’s disorder. In this article, Debbie Jones, CPC , reviews clinical indications of vestibular migraine disorder and CPT coding for diagnostic tests used to assess vestibular functioning.
A spinal fusion is a major surgery used to fuse together two or more vertebrae so they can heal into a single bone. This article breaks down spinal anatomy and simplifies CPT and NCCI guidance for reporting spinal fusions. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Yvette DeVay, MHA, CPC, CPMA, CIC, CPC-I, writes that in the 2018 OPPS final rule, CMS removed total knee arthroplasty (TKA) from the inpatient-only (IPO) list, effective January 1, 2018. Although some guidance was provided at the time, providers and physicians alike were left confused with a significant number of questions regarding documentation and inpatient status.
Anemia is the most common blood disorder, affecting more than 3 million Americans per year, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. In this article, Joel Moorhead, MD, PhD, CPC , reviews documentation and ICD-10-CM coding for anemia.
As outpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs mature, CDI professionals need to be able to track their progress to ensure the program’s success. Learn how to develop CDI tracking tools to successfully capture coding and billing metrics and justify a CDI program’s effectiveness.
Wound care coding is frequently a target of payer and Office of Inspector General audits. This article provides coders with step-by-step instructions for interpreting provider documentation and assigning CPT codes for excisional, selective, and non-selective debridement, based on the depth of the tissue removed and the total surface area debrided. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.