Q: We just heard about a new add-on HCPCS code for 2017, C1842 (retinal prosthesis, includes all internal and external components; add-on to C1841) for the Argus Retinal Prosthesis, but are not sure how to report it along with C1841 (retinal prosthesis, includes all internal and external components). It has nearly the same description as C1841, so this is confusing.
A Comprehensive Error Rate Testing study showed insufficient documentation caused most improper payments for facet joint injections, according to the January 2016 Medicare Quarterly Compliance Newsletter .
Susan E. Garrison, CHCA, CHCAS, CCS-P, CHC, PCS, FCS, CPAR, CPC, CPC-H, reviews when coders should report modifiers -76 and -77 and notes methods for auditing a facility’s accuracy when using these modifiers.
The 2017 ICD-10-CM updates included a significant number of additions to digestive system diagnoses, especially codes for pancreatitis and intestinal infections. These codes are largely focused in the lower gastrointestinal tract, and a review of the anatomy of this body system could help improve accurate documentation interpretation and code selection.
Coders have likely noticed that the 2017 CPT Manual features big changes for reporting moderate sedation. Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, writes about how to define moderate sedation and includes tips on reporting the new codes appropriately.