CMS added modifier -PD (diagnostic or related nondiagnostic item or service provided in a wholly owned or wholly operated entity to a patient who is admitted as an inpatient within three days or one day) to the Integrates Outpatient Code Editor (I/OCE) as part of the January updates detailed in Transmittal 2370 .
Small and mid-sized hospitals are increasing their ICD-10 training for staff, according to a recent Health Revenue Assurance Associates (HRAA) survey of 200 healthcare professionals. However, many still lag behind CMS’ timeline for dual coding and other implementation aspects.
QUESTION: We are a nondialysis facility, so when a patient is in observation for some other reason and must undergo hemodialysis, we report code G0257 (unscheduled or emergency dialysis treatments for an ESRD [end stage renal disease] patient in a hospital outpatient department that is not certified as an ESRD facility). But how should we code peritoneal dialysis when a patient is in observation or inpatient for other problems? I have received three different codes from different coders. I cannot really find any information on this anywhere.
Q: The patient has had a previous bilateral mastectomy and is now coming in for a revision of bilateral areola with a dermal fat graft to the left nipple and excision of excessive skin and subcutaneous tissue from both breasts. This would be CPT ® code 19380 (revision of reconstructed breast) with modifier -50 (bilateral procedure) and 19350-50 (nipple/areola reconstruction) for both procedures. I cannot locate information that tells me if the nipple revision on the reconstructed breast is part of the 19380 or can be separately coded with 19350.
Q: A patient was in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber for eight minutes and the physician had to abort the treatment because the patient was feeling anxious. Which HCPCS/CPT ® code should the hospital bill: HCPCS code C1300 (hyperbaric oxygen under pressure, full body chamber, per 30 minute interval) or an E/M code? Which code should the supervising physician bill: CPT code 99183 (physician or other qualified healthcare professional attendance and supervision of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, per session) or an E/M code?