Accurate reporting of observation services depends on a lot of factors. Deborah K. Hale, CCS, CCDS, and Cheryl Staley, RHIA, CCS, walk though five case studies to explain the ins and outs of observation coding.
Hospital medicine is a specialty that provides inpatient services for patients admitted to the hospital. Hospitalists are often called on to consult in regards to and to follow medical problems that occur during hospitalization for surgery, psychiatric hospitalizations, and obstetrical patients. Lois E. Mazza, CPC, explains how to correctly report hospitalist services.
CMS proposed extending the delay on enforcement of physician supervision rules for critical access hospitals and small and rural hospitals with 100 or fewer beds for one final year as part of the 2013 OPPS proposed rule. Debbie Mackaman, RHIA, CHCO, and Jugna Shah, MPH, detail some of the more significant proposals for 2013.
The Hospital Outpatient Payment Panel recommended CMS change the supervision requirements for 15 HCPCS and CPT ® codes during its second meeting this year in August. CMS released details of the meeting September 24.
QUESTION: I work for a gastrointestinal (GI) practice and I have a question regarding the correct sequence for adding diagnosis codes to a claim. I have advised our physicians and billers that the primary diagnosis code is always the reason for the visit. I am a little confused about the remaining diagnosis codes the physician will write down in no specific order. Billers will report codes in the order the physicians write down the diagnoses and not always the reason for the visit. For example, a patient is referred for a consult due to weight loss. The patient comes for the consult and the physicians may put down 787.29 (other dysphagia), 401.1 (benign hypertension), 783.21 (abnormal loss of weight), 787.99 (change in bowel habits) in this order and leave it up to the person entering the info to figure it out. I would report 783.21 first since that was the reason for the visit but then I’ve been putting the GI codes next and then anything else last. What is the correct sequence when adding diagnosis codes to a claim?