Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the permanent alteration in the kidney’s ability to perform filtration and reabsorption functions. Patients with CKD can come into an outpatient clinic or may be admitted as an inpatient, either for the CKD or some other condition. Debra Lawson, CPC, PCS, and Jennifer E. Avery, CCS, CPC-H, CPC, CPC-I, explain the ICD-9-CM and CPT ® coding for CKD.
Emergency Departments (EDs) see a wide range of illnesses and injuries, from minor to major, which may require critical care. Lois E. Mazza, CPC, details how critical care is defined, what elements providers must document, and under what circumstances critical care can be coded for ED patients.
With the increased specificity required for ICD-10-CM coding, coders need a solid foundation in anatomy and physiology. To help coders prepare for the upcoming transition, we will provide an occasional article about specific anatomical locations and body parts as part of a larger series for ICD-10-CM preparation. This month’s column addresses the anatomy of the eye.
QUESTION: The vendor for our cochlear implants has stated it’s standard to provide our operating suite with the cochlear device and two external speech processors. Should we report HCPCS Level II code L8614 (cochlear device, includes all internal and external components) for the one device and two external speech processors even though one processor is sent home with the patient? If so this means that we should charge the patient for the device and two processors as one price under revenue code 278.