Combination codes in ICD-10-CM will allow coders to report pressure ulcer location and severity in a single code. Jaci Johnson Kipreos, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, COC, CPC-I, and Betty Hovey, CPC, CPC-H, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CPCD, review the stages of pressure ulcers and which information coders will have to look for in documentation.
The updated guidelines in ICD-10-CM will impact how coders report certain diagnoses. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, RHIA, CCS-P, COC, CPC-I, highlights important changes in each section for coders to review before implementation.
Sue Bowman, MJ, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA, and Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC, provide strategies for coders and coding department managers to speak with physicians regarding ICD-10 in order to allay physicians’ fears.
A Recovery Auditor review of claims from September 25, 2012, to August 30, 2013, found providers billing hydration therapy with diagnosis codes not considered reasonable and medically necessary, according to the July 2015 Medicare Quarterly Compliance Newsletter .
Q: I have been told by our billers that infusion codes reported in the ED along with an E/M code that has modifier -25 (significant, separately identifiable evaluation and management service on the same day of the procedure or other service) require another modifier. I thought that -25 is the only modifier that should be submitted, unless the provider started a second infusion at a second site on the body. This is the first time I’ve been told the infusion coder need a modifier if the E/M has modifier -25 appended. All of my educational articles tell me that the two can be reported together. Have I missed an update somewhere along the way?