There is nothing new about stress; humans have felt stress since the beginning of time, and coders are certainly no exception. Lois Mazza, CPC, discusses how coders can mitigate the many effects of stress while they handle the pressures of their jobs and lives.
A lack of funding shouldn't prevent you from getting creative in your morale-boosting celebrations, according to Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA, and Nicolet Araujo, RHIA. So when your staff members are around, this time of year can be a great time to boost their morale with summer outings and special staff recognition for jobs well done.
CMS released its latest MLN Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter, volume 2, issue 4 in July. The newsletter addresses common billing and coding errors, with the latest issue addressing frequently cited Recovery Auditors and Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) findings.
QUESTION: I'd like to address our coders' questions on how to code poisoning due to bath salts. Internet research has led me to many different options: codes 977.8 (other specified drug/medicinal), 970.89 (other CNS stimulant), 969.70 (psychostimulant, unspecified), among others. What would you suggest? There don't seem to be any guidelines out there and the coding for this seems to be all over the place.