The Zika virus has become a major concern over the last couple months and new information about treatment and symptoms seems to emerge daily. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC, CDIP, writes about the latest information regarding the Zika virus and how coders can report it.
Reporting modifier –PO (services, procedures, and/or surgeries furnished at off-campus provider-based outpatient departments) only recently became mandatory, but new rules and regulations could change the requirements in certain settings. Kimberly Anderwood Hoy Baker, JD, CPC, reviews recent legislation that could have an impact on modifier –PO and looks ahead to when CMS intends to offer more guidance.
Q: When a foreign body is removed from the eye, does it matter what instrumentation is used to remove it? We recently had two cases in which the ED physician stated that the foreign body was easily removed with a cotton swab. She is questioning whether we should charge (facility and professional) for this type of removal or whether it should just be considered when determining the E/M level.
Implementation of electronic health record (EHR) systems can reduce queries and create more standardized documentation for providers, but now, according to a study published by the Journal of Patient Safety , EHRs are also linked to fewer in-hospital patient complications.
Drug administration services follow a hierarchy for reporting, but coding can become complex when providers administer multiple drugs. Review these tips to help tackle tough injection and infusion scenarios.