Inpatient coding departments are likely familiar with integrating clinical documentation improvement (CDI) specialists into their processes. Crystal Stalter, CPC, CCS-P, CDIP, looks at how CDI techniques can benefit outpatient settings and what services and codes facilities should target.
The codes in ICD-10-CM Chapter 13, Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System and Connective Tissue, cover diagnoses for conditions throughout the body. Due to the wide scope of conditions in the chapter, it had extensive updates for 2017. Review some of the most significant changes and the details required to accurately report the codes.
Radiation oncology services billed to CMS had a 9.6% improper payment rate in 2015, leading to Medicare improperly paying $137 million for these services, according to a study reported in the January 2016 Medicare Quarterly Compliance Newsletter .
Q: We have claims that are hitting an edit between a procedure HCPCS code and the new codes for moderate sedation (99151–99153). Since moderate sedation is no longer inherent in any procedure beginning January 1, why are these scenarios hitting an edit?
Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, CDIP, COBGC, writes about the transition of the CPT code for reporting ablation of uterine fibroid tumors from a Category III to Category I code and the impact that could have on coding and billing.