Q: How will I report the initial insertion of a dual-chamber pacemaker device in ICD-10-PCS? The physician inserted two leads—one into the atrium and one into the ventricle–using a percutaneous approach into the patient’s chest.
CMS has had a couple of busy months releasing various FY 2014 proposed rules. On May 1, CMS issued its proposed rule for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) . On May 2, the agency issued its proposed rule for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF) . The two rules come in the wake of the IPPS proposed rule issued April 26.
Q: Using the ICD-10-CM guidelines for the seventh character extensions for fracture codes, how should I identify each of the following? Avascular necrosis following fracture Cast change or removal Emergency treatment Evaluation and management by a new physician Follow-up visits following fracture treatment Infection on open fracture site Malunion of fracture Nonunion of fracture Medication adjustment Patient delayed seeking treatment for the fracture or nonunion Removal of external of internal fixation device Surgical treatment
Medical necessity for cardiovascular procedures is the top overpayment issue for three out of the four Recovery Auditors in FY 2013 first quarter (October 2012–December 2012), according to the most recent release of improper payment statistics .
Q: A patient with undiagnosed syncope is admitted to observation. Later that evening, the patient is diagnosed with syncope and develops complications that warrant an inpatient admission. Should the patient be considered an inpatient from the time inpatient criteria are met or from the time the inpatient order is written?