The increasing complexity of the healthcare reimbursement system, quality initiatives, and the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS put clinical documentation improvement programs in the spotlight . Melanie Endicott, MBA/HCM, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA, discusses the importance of documentation improvement specialists.
Under a new ruling, CMS allows full Part B payment for inpatient stays that a contractor denies because it deems them to be not reasonable and necessary. David Danek and Ann Marshall, both from CMS, explain how the rebilling works under the ruling and what will be different under a simultaneously released proposed rule.
Although coders and billers don’t play a role in determining whether condition code 44 is appropriate, they certainly ensure correct billing of the code. Deborah K. Hale, CCS, CCDS, and John Zelem, MD, FACS, review the requirements for condition code 44 and when coders should report it.
Q: A surgeon’s dictated report for a right hip hemiarthroplasty states the following: Of note, while drilling one of our transosseous suture holes with a 2.0 mm drill bit, the end of the drill bit broke off inside of the trochanter. It seemed to be quite deep into the bone and was not retrievable. As such, it was left in place. Should we report 998.4 (foreign body accidentally left during a procedure) for this case?