In coding, sometimes it really is brain surgery and coders need a strong understanding of the anatomy of the skull and brain in order to correctly report diagnoses and procedures. Cynthia Stewart, CPC, CPMA, CPC-H, CPC-I, discusses the anatomy of the brain and skull and guides coders through some brain surgery procedures.
Coders use the same CPT ® codes to report outpatient services whether they are coding physician or facility services. Jaci Johnson, CPC,CPC-H,CPMA,CEMC,CPC- I, and Judy Wilson, CPC, CPC-H, CPCO, CPC-P, CPPM, CPCI, CANPC, CMRS, examine the similarities and differences between coding in the two settings.
An absence of start and stop times is one of the more frequent challenges that coders face when reporting injections and infusions. Denise Williams, RN, CPC-H, and Jugna Shah, MPH, highlight some other challenges to help coders determine how to code for injections and infusions.
Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) initiatives often focus on inpatient documentation to ensure that documentation accurately reflects patient severity. Laura Legg, RHIT, CCS, explains how CDI efforts can also benefit outpatient coding.
The Rh factor of positive and negative can lead to problems between a mother and the developing fetus, a condition known as mother-fetus incompatibility. In some cases, the mother must receive the Rho(D) immune globulin. Lori-Lynne A, Webb, COBGC, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA , explains the diagnostic and procedure coding options for Rho(D) immune globulin.
Q: We get an NCCI edit when billing an intramuscular/subcutaneous injection (CPT® code 96372) during the same encounter as billing an injection, infusion, or hydration. Should we append modifier -59 (distinct procedural service)? Does it matter if an IV line is already in place before intramuscular/subcutaneous administration?
QUESTION: I've always coded labile hypertension with ICD-9-CM code 401.9 (unspecified essential hypertension) because I couldn't find a more specific one. My supervisor stated that I must use ICD-9-CM code 796.2 (elevated blood pressure reading without diagnosis of hypertension) because it means the patient's blood pressure was high without a history of hypertension. The physician's diagnosis is labile hypertension. What code would you use?