Accurate clinical documentation is the bedrock of the legal medical record, billing, and coding. It is also the most complex and vulnerable part of revenue cycle because independent providers must document according to intricate and sometimes vague rules.
Coders prepared for 2017 with numerous changes to the Official Coding Guidelines for the ICD-10-CM and the addition of many new codes. Quietly waiting in the wings was the updated CPT® Manual for 2017 with its changes waiting to be discovered.
As OPPS packaging has increased, providers may be less likely to appeal claims for certain denied charges based on medically unlikely edits, since it would not increase payments. However, providers should consider appeals when services are medically necessary and appropriate, as CMS bases future payment rates on accepted claims.
The improper payment rate for oxygen equipment and supplies to the Medicare program was 62.1% with projected improper payments of approximately $952 million during the 2014 reporting period, according to a Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) program study detailed in the January 2016 issue of the Medicare Quarterly Compliance Newsletter.
Q: Our radiology department is requesting that we add a new modifier to their charge description master (CDM), modifier –CT (computed tomography [CT] services furnished using equipment that does not meet each of the attributes of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association [NEMA] XR-29-2013 standard). They want this added to the CT scan line items, but they are not sure if it is for all of the items or only certain ones. Can you provide more information that might help us know how to proceed?
Hospital coders can choose multiple modifiers to apply to a procedure code if the service was discontinued. Susan E. Garrison, CHCA, CHCAS, CCS-P, CHC, PCS, FCS, CPAR, CPC, CPC-H, provides an overview of these codes and in which instances to use them.
The government recently approved changes for physician payment systems. Is your clinical documentation improvement (CDI) team ready to tackle these challenges? More importantly, are your physicians ready?
CMS audits for meaningful use could mean collecting information across the coding and HIM departments. David Holtzman, JD, CIPP, and Darice Grzybowski, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA, review what auditors could request and how to prepare your facility.