An anesthesia provider faces plenty of challenges: cancelled anesthesia, failed medical direction, monitored anesthesia care, time issues, invasive line placement rules, and start/stop times. Judy A. Wilson, CPC, CPC-H, CPCO, CPC-P, CANPC, CPC-I, CMRS, reviews some of the common challenges coders face when reporting anesthesia services.
Coders can run into two types of edits that may require them to append modifier -59 (distinct procedural service) to override: National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits and medically unlikely edits (MUE). Sarah L. Goodman, MBA, CHCAF, CPC-H, CCP, FCS, and Susan E. Garrison, CHCA, CHCAS, CCS-P, CHC, PCS, FCS, CPAR, CPC, CPC-H, explain the differences between the edits and how to correctly determine when to override the edit.
Pain is an expected component of injuries, illnesses, and surgical procedures. In some instances, however, the patient's pain is unexpected or is worse than predicted. Sometimes, the pain can last well beyond the time it should have resolved. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, CCS-P, CPC-H, CPC-I, and Susan E. Garrison, CHCA, CHCAS, CHC, PCS, FCS, CCS-P, CPAR, CPC, CPC-H, provide tips and guidance to help coders accurately report pain management diagnoses and procedures.
CMS is proposing two major changes as part of the 2013 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule , released July 6. One has to do with how CMS proposes to calculate APC relative weights and the other with the reimbursement level for separately payable drugs and biologicals without pass-through status.
QUESTION: Our laboratory medical director sent out a notification to our medical staff, patient care departments, and order entry personnel that a physician order that read “CBC” or “CBC with differential” would be completed as a CBC with automated or manual differential and coded using CPT ® code 85025 (blood count; complete [CBC], automated [Hgb, Hct, RBC, WBC, and platelet count] and automated differential WBC count). Should we code 85025 when the order just reads CBC and when we do a manual differential with the CBC?