The ICD-10-CM delay has at least one silver lining: the ability to spend more time on coding and documentation requirements before implementation. Providers may want to also think about aligning their ICD-10-CM efforts with outpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI) during this time. Elaine King, MHS, RHIA, CHP, CHDA, CDIP, examines the benefits and challenges of outpatient CDI programs.
Evaluation and management (E/M) services are one of the top areas of review by federal auditors. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , writes about common errors found in audits and how providers can take steps to correct them.
The 2015 OPPS proposed rule includes new Comprehensive APCs, increased packaging, and many other changes. Kimberly Anderwood Hoy Baker, JD, and Jugna Shah, MPH , review the proposed rule and policies that may be finalized by CMS.
Q: We're not sure what to report in this situation: A patient comes to the ED and goes into respiratory failure. The respiratory therapist comes in to put patient on a vent in the ED, then the patient is transferred to another facility. We can’t report CPT ® code 94002 (ventilation assist and management, initiation of pressure or volume preset ventilators for assisted or controlled breathing; hospital inpatient/observation, initial day) because it is for inpatient/observation, per the definition. We wondered about using 94660 (continuous positive airway pressure ventilation [CPAP], initiation and management) for the CPAP. The lay description seems to be basically the same as 94002, except for “applies to ventilation assistance using adjustments in volume and pressure on the initial day…" Would 94660 be appropriate?