Breast biopsies should be easy to code because coders have so few codes to assign, but it is one area where documentation is lacking. Stacie L. Buck, RHIA, CCS-P, RCC, CIC, reveals what key elements coders should look for in a breast biopsy note.
With no national guidelines in place for facilities to use to determine evaluation and management (E/M) level, coders must apply their facility’s guidelines when coding an outpatient visit. Caral Edelberg, CPC, CPMA, CAC, CCS-P, CHC, and Joanne M. Becker, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, use three ED case studies to highlight potential pitfalls for ED E/M leveling.
CMS is making a significant change to the Medically Unlikely Edits (MUE) by changing some of them from line-item edits to date-of-service edits, effective April 1. Jugna Shah, MPH, Kathy Dorale, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, John Settlemyer, MBA/MHA, and Valerie Rinkle, MPA, explain how the change could affect coding and reimbursement.
CMS added numerous device/procedure edits as part of the April update to the Integrated Outpatient Code Editor . To avoid triggering the edits, coders must report particular procedure codes and device codes together on the claim form.
Q: We received an outpatient radiology report (exam performed 7/11/12) where the radiologist states: CLINICAL INDICATION: LUMBOSACRAL NEURITIS EXAM: LUM SPINE AP/LAT CLINICAL STATEMENT: LUMBOSACRAL NEURITIS COMPARISON: MAY 23, 2012 FINDINGS: There is posterior spinal fusion L-3-L-5 with solid posterolateral bridging bone graft. Pedicle screws and rods are stable in position. There are bilateral laminectomy defects at L3-L-4. The vertebral body and disc space heights are preserved. The spinal alignment is maintained without evidence of spondylolisthesis. No acute fracture is identified. No lytic or blastic lesions are seen. The sacroiliac joints are unremarkable. IMPRESSION: Stable postsurgical changes with solid posterolateral fusion graft. Would you use the following ICD-9 codes: V67.09, 724.4. or 724.4, V45.4? Our coders disagree.