Even experienced coders struggle to determine when to append modifiers -58, -78 and -79 because they are very similar in definition, but very different in scope and usage. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC, reveals the nuances coders must understand to correctly use these modifiers.
Outpatient providers are beginning to see more and more medical necessity audits, especially in the ED and for evaluation and management (E/M) levels. Caral Edelberg, CPC, CPMA, CAC, CCS-P, CHC, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, and Joanne M. Becker, RHIT, CCS, CCSP, CPC, CPC-I, AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, review the guidelines for ED E/M services and highlight common audit risk areas.
CMS is reexamining inpatient criteria because it has seen a significant increase in the number of patients spending more than 24 hours in observation. James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, and Kimberly Anderwood Hoy, JD, CPC, discuss CMS’ proposed changes and how they could affect outpatient observation services.
ICD-10 implementation is less than 16 months away, but a recent survey by TrustHCS and AHIMA reveals that 25% of responding healthcare organizations have not yet established an ICD-10 steering committee.
Q: My question pertains to CPT® vasectomy code 55250. This code includes "unilateral or bilateral (separate procedure) including postoperative semen examination(s).” The CPT manual states that a reference laboratory that performs the semen analysis may bill separately for this service. May we bill CPT code 89321 ( semen analysis; sperm presence and motility of sperm, if performed .) in addition to 55250 when the laboratory performs the semen analysis and the surgeon only performs the vasectomy?