Unlike ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS does not include unspecified codes. Thus, clinicians may see an increased number of queries on procedures post-implementation. Melanie Endicott, MBA/HCM, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA, explains why facilities should review documentation for inpatient procedures now.
The 2014 IPPS Final Rule contains two significant changes that will impact coders: the 2-midnight inpatient presumption and the Part A to Part B rebilling. Marc Tucker, DO, FACOS, FAPWCA, MBA, and Kimberly Anderwood Hoy Baker, JD, CPC, review the key provisions of these changes.
No one is perfect, including coders. Mistakes aren’t necessarily a reflection on one’s abilities or attention to detail. James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, and Laura Legg, RHIT, CCS, highlight some common problem areas and provide tips for compliance.
Health information exchange between hospitals and other providers has risen by 41% between 2008 and 2012, according to research published in Health Affairs from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
Q: A patient undergoes placement of a MediPort ® to receive chemotherapy for lung cancer. What principal diagnosis should we report? Should we report V58.81 (fitting and adjustment of vascular catheter) or 162.9 (malignant neoplasm of bronchus and lung unspecified)?