ICD-10 implementation is almost here, but coders are still facing resistance from physicians. W. Jeff Terry, MD, highlights ICD-10 challenges from the physician perspective, while Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCDS, responds from a coder’s point of view.
The expanded code set available in ICD-10-CM will give providers the chance to better tell the story of each patient’s care. Glenn Krauss , RHIA, BBA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, CCDS, C-CDI, PCS, FCS, C-CDAM, explains how coders can assist physicians in telling that story .
The 2016 OPPS proposed rule introduces APC restructuring, new comprehensive APCs, and many other potential changes for next year. Jugna Shah, MPH, and Debbie Mackaman, RHIA, CPCO, CCDS, review the proposals and what they could mean for providers.
CMS is proposing a new status indicator to be assigned to laboratory tests so when the tests are the only service on a claim, CMS will pay for them separately under the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule without providers having to do anything additional from a reporting perspective.
Q: I have a question regarding facility coding for evaluation and management (E/M) levels, not for an ED physician, but for facility-level nursing in the ED. If a specialist is called to evaluate or consult on a patient, the nursing intervention is what the facility-level criteria is based on. For example, a patient has difficulty walking, a nurse assists the patient to get an x-ray, takes vitals, does an initial assessment, then provides discharge instructions of moderate complexity. I would code this scenario as a level 3.