In the coding world, it’s a never-ending clash that can cause compliance concerns—facility vs. professional. Kimberly Anderwood Hoy, JD, CPC , and Peggy Blue, MPH, CPC, CCS-P, explain how coders in each setting use different codes for the exact same services based on the payment systems, the rules, and how each setting applies those rules.
Evaluation and management (E/M) coding is incredibly subjective. Two coders can look at the same documentation and choose two different E/M levels and both will be able to justify their choice. Caral Edelberg, CPC, CPMA, CAC, CCS-P, CHC, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer , Lori Owens, RHIT, CCS, and Deborah Robb, BSHA, CPC, discuss how electronic medical records can complicate E/M coding even more.
CMS added 410 new codes and seven new therapy and patient condition modifiers to the Integrated Outpatient Code Editor (I/OCE) as part of the January 2013 update. Dave Fee, MBA, highlights the key changes to the I/OCE.
On March 13, CMS issued a notice of ruling that establishes a policy that revises the current policy on Part B billing following the denial of a Part A inpatient hospital claim that a Medicare review contractor deemed to be not reasonable or necessary. The revisions are intended as an interim measure until CMS can finalize an official policy to address the issues raised by the Administrative Law Judge and Medicare Appeals Council decisions going forward.
Q: A patient received Toradol 30 mg IV and Zofran 4 mg IV at 14:38. He also had normal saline wide open with documented start of 14:30 and stop of 15:40. Is the hydration chargeable as 96361 (intravenous infusion, hydration; each additional hour) even though the initial service is not 90 minutes? Is the hydration a concurrent service?