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.
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.
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.
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.