On March 31, the CDC updated the 2020 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting to include guidance for reporting the novel coronavirus and associated respiratory illnesses, effective April 1 through September 30.
Over 330,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this article, Alba Kuqi, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CICA, CSCM , writes about the virus’s etiology and how to effectively document and code for COVID-19 diagnoses.
Modifier -22 frequently causes compliance headaches for revenue cycle professionals. Lori-Lynne Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, CDIP, COBGC , reviews CPT reporting requirements for this commonly misused modifier to ensure that your physicians are being appropriately reimbursed for increased procedural work.
In its April update to the OPPS, CMS made effective new Proprietary Laboratory Analysis (PLA) codes for biochemical assays and billing codes for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) laboratory tests. Hospital coders should review these updates to ensure that they are selecting the most specific codes for these services. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.