Accurate clinical documentation is the bedrock of the legal medical record, billing, and coding. It is also the most complex and vulnerable part of revenue cycle because independent providers must document according to intricate and sometimes vague rules.
Audited hospitals generally applied modifier -59 (distinct procedural service) incorrectly when billing for outpatient right heart catheterizations and heart biopsies provided during the same encounter, leading to overpayments totaling approximately $7.6 million, according to a March report from the Office of Inspector General.
Q: The CPT Assistant advice on how to apply modifier -59 to CPT code 29874 (knee arthroscopy with removal of loose/foreign body) seems to conflict with NCCI edits. Do the NCCI edits override the advice in CPT Assistant ?
A benefit of the switch to ICD-10-CM is the ability to be as specific as possible about a patient’s condition, but the downside of this is that it can make coding fractures time-consuming and confusing. Knowledge of bone anatomy and how fracture codes work is therefore an invaluable asset in fracture coding.