The new batch of diagnosis codes and revised guidelines for social determinants of health (SDOH) that will go into effect April 1 highlight the importance policymakers place on collecting this data. Julia Kyles, CPC, provides tips for capturing the SDOH using these new codes.
Alysia Minott, CIRCC, CCS, CDIP, explains that CPT coding for complex procedures performed using interventional radiology (IR) can be mastered; the first step is learning how to interpret applicable coding guidelines.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Statistics published updates to the ICD-10-CM coding guidelines and files, which take effect April 1. The updates include 42 new diagnosis codes, seven deletions, and one revision.
The American Medical Association's update to the 2023 CPT code set has brought three code additions, one revision, and one deletion to the integumentary chapter (CPT codes 10030-19499). This article provides procedure descriptions and coding guidance for the new and revised codes. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Stacy Reck, MBA, RHIA, CDIP , and Ashley Wells, MN, RN, CMSRN, CCDS , describe common reasons for clinical validity denials and strategies they use to defend against them. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Auditors see assignment of certain MS-DRGs as a red flag and most often will pull these encounters for review. Laurie Prescott, RN, MSN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDIP, CRC , describes these MS-DRGs and offers advice for ensuring accurate reporting of a principal diagnosis.
A retrospective medical record review published in JAMA Network Open in December found that nearly one-third of intentional firearm injuries resulting in emergency department admissions were inaccurately coded in ICD-10-CM as accidents.
If a urinary tract infection is left untreated, it can spread to other organs and cause sepsis and septic shock. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , breaks down ICD-10-CM coding for this life-threatening diagnosis.
The 2023 CPT code update introduced numerous code additions, revisions, and deletions that took effect January 1. This article covers new and revised codes in the respiratory and nervous system chapters of the CPT Manual. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
CMS recently released Transmittal 11737, detailing January 2023 updates to the OPPS. The transmittal offers information on new COVID-19 vaccine and administration codes, dental coding updates, coding clarification, and remote behavioral health service codes.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common bacterial disease that affects the bladder and urethra. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC, reviews urinary anatomy as well as diagnostic considerations and ICD-10-CM coding for UTIs.
Trey La Charité, MD, FACP, SFHM, CCS, CCDS , outlines benefits that come with being a physician advisor and how coding and CDI professionals can reiterate these to physicians who are interested in taking on this role.
Review key policy updates introduced in the 2023 IPPS final rule, including an increase in operating payments, changes to New Technology Add-on Payment designations, MS-DRG updates, and introduction of a birthing-friendly hospital designation. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
CMS recently released Medicare Claims Processing Transmittal 11685 revising language to make three revenue codes for inpatient hospital services allowable for payment under Medicare Part B and adding COVID-19 to its list of preventive services.
Paraneoplastic syndrome is a rare condition that results from an immune system response to a neoplasm. In this article, Sarah Nehring, RHIA, CCS, CCDS , breaks down ICD-10-CM/PCS coding for paraneoplastic syndrome of the nervous system.