Injuries to the elbow and forearm are common as a result of many everyday activities, and ICD-10-CM allows more specificity for reporting these conditions. Review the anatomy of the elbow joint and forearm to prepare for ICD-10-CM.
The July quarterly I/OCE update from CMS brought few new APCs or edit updates, but did deliver a new modifier. Debbie Mackaman, RHIA, CHCO, Jugna Shah, MPH , and Denise Williams, RN, CPC-H , explain how to use the modifier, as well as the impact of APC changes.
Insufficient documentation led to approximately 97% of improper payments for kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty claims reviewed during a recent Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) study, according to the Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter.
Q: A patient comes into the ED with sickle cell crisis and is in a lot of pain. The physician states the patient needed “aggressive” pain control for treatment, because what was given in the beginning provided only minimal relief. Could I code using CPT ® code 99285 (ED visit for evaluation and management of a patient, including a comprehensive history, comprehensive exam, and high complexity medical decision making)?