Evaluation and management (E/M) coding and reimbursement for hospital outpatients could change dramatically if CMS finalizes its proposal to replace current E/M CPT ® codes with three G codes. Dave Fee, MBA, Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CCS-P, CPC, Jugna Shah, MPH, Kimberly Anderwood Hoy, JD, CPC, Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCDS, and Valerie A. Rinkle discuss the possible impact if CMS finalizes its proposal.
Medical necessity establishes the foundation for evaluation and management (E/M) code selection and supports the need to services provided to the patient. Peggy Stilley, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, COBGC, ACS-OB , and Caral Edelberg, CPC, CPMA, CAC, CCS-P, CHC, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, explain how to define, determine, and defend medical necessity for E/M codes.
One of the bigger challenges with the birth of the new ICD-10-CM coding system is the assignment of the letter O as the leading indicator for OB/GYN codes. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC, ICD-10-CM/PCS AHIMA-accredited trainer, delivers a comparative look at coding for OB/GYN coding in ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM.
Q: The patient comes in for a cardioversion, but the international normalized ratio results were unsatisfactory. The physicians canceled the cardioversion. Would modifier -73 (discontinued outpatient/hospital ambulatory surgery center procedure prior to the administration of anesthesia) be appropriate?