ICD-10 is undoubtedly affecting coder productivity, but Bonnie S. Cassidy, FAHIMA, RHIA, FHIMSS, CPUR, NAHQ, and Reid Conant, MD, FACEP, provide strategies for increasing proficiency and leveraging technology to reduce the effects of changing to a new code set.
In addition to updated procedure codes in 2015, ICD-10-CM added new codes for reporting mammography and breast MRIs and ultrasounds. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, CDIP, COBGC, writes about how to identify which codes to use to meet Medicare requirements and where third-party payer requirements may diverge.
Recovery Auditors have identified numerous potential duplicate claims from Medicare Part B providers, according to the October 2015 Medicare Quarterly Compliance Newsletter . These claims are send to MACs for further action, which could include overpayment recovery.
Q: Our business office wants us to start using modifier -PO (services, procedures, and/or surgeries furnished at off-campus, provider-based outpatient departments) for services that are provided in some of our outpatient departments, but not all. We want to hard code this to our charge description master but are not sure why some services will get this modifier and some won't.