Medical necessity is as simple as it sounds and it isn’t important just for inpatients. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, CCS-P, CPC-H, CPC-I, reviews the importance of establishing medical necessity for outpatient services.
Observation services can generate so much confusion that CMS actually asked for comments on observation and inpatient status as part of the 2013 OPPS proposed rule. Kimberly Anderwood Hoy, JD, CPC, and Deborah K. Hale, CCS, CCDS, help coders unravel the complexities of observation services.
Physicians can perform three different types of wound debridement and coders will find different codes for each type. Gloria Miller, CPC, CPMA, and John David Rosdeutscher, MD, discuss the different types of debridement, as well as coding and documentation requirements.
As part of the July update to the Intergrated Outpatient Code Editor, CMS reinstated HCPCS C1882 to the list of acceptable devices for CPT code 33249. Dave Fee, MBA, explains the implications of the change and reviews code changes included in the update.
Inpatient facilities received mixed news on proposed changes to the list of complications and comorbidities (CC) and major CCs (MCC) in the fiscal year (FY) 2013 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule , released August 1.