As providers prepare for the thousands of new codes and updated guidelines to be implemented October 1, the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee recently met to discuss the next batch of updates to be implemented October 1, 2017.
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Billing correctly for observation hours is a challenge for many organizations. Getting it right requires knowing how to calculate observation hours for each patient, which is far from straightforward. Janet L. Blondo, LCSW-C, MSW, CMAC, ACM, CCM, C-ASWCM, ACSW, writes about how to properly calculate hours and report observation services properly.
Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, continues her review of the updated 2017 ICD-10-CM guidelines by explaining how changes to sections for laterality and non-provider documentation will impact coders and physicians. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription. Once you have set up your free registration, you can log in and access this article by clicking here.
Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, delves into chapter-specific guidance included in the updated 2017 ICD-10-CM guidelines, including changes for diabetes, hypertension, pressure ulcers, and more.