Heart disease is a broad category, but for this article Julian Everett, RN, BSN, CDIP , takes a look at ICD-10-CM reporting for myocardial infarctions (MI). It is essential to understand what defines an MI, current quality initiatives for MIs, and documentation and coding requirements for this diagnosis. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O, writes that it’s important for inpatient coders to acquaint themselves with any underlying conditions related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to ensure accurate reporting, reimbursement, and data gathering.
Q: We have patients being admitted for COVID-19 and most of them have a laundry list of various manifestations and complications. Do all manifestations and complications need to be reported in ICD-10-CM?
On July 30 CMS announced the addition of 12 new ICD-10-PCS codes to describe the Introduction or Transfusion of therapeutics for treating patients with COVID-19. These new codes became effective August 1.
This article details CDI quality review processes from various hospitals, some of which zero in on patient safety indicator and mortality cases to improve their facility’s severity of illness and rate of mortality scores.
As the U.S. slowly tries to recover from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the country might not ever be the same. States have been trying to reopen to regain their local economy, but in April, the U.S. unemployment rate was at the highest it’s ever been since the Great Depression.
Physicians can be a bit prickly at times. While this statement intentionally downplays the behavior of (hopefully) only a few doctors, I believe that most physicians are amenable to CDI concepts. While attempting to effect change in physician documentation patterns, I’ve learned many lessons from my medical staff and from other creative CDI colleagues.
Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC) reported that several outpatient claims did not meet medical necessity requirements for hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy for diabetic wounds of the lower extremities, according to the July 2020 Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter .
CPT® coding for respiratory procedures can be challenging, given the structural complexity of the upper and lower respiratory tracts. Refresh your knowledge of respiratory anatomy and CPT reporting of angiographies, laryngoscopies, and endotracheal intubations. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Cathy Farraher Nakhoul, RN, BSN, MBA, CCM, CCDS , describes simple actions you can take to show appreciation for providers and make education unobtrusive during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.
Sarah Nehring, CCS, CCDS , says to ensure ICD-10-PCS coding accuracy and appropriate MS-DRG assignment, inpatient coders must understand the device being inserted and how to apply the coding conventions and guidelines for pacemaker-related procedure coding. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Joel Moorhead, MD, PhD, CPC , writes that certain clinical indicators provide strong support for a diagnosis of acute-on-chronic congestive heart failure (CHF) in adults. Because of this, it’s important for inpatient coders to familiarize themselves with baselines and clinical indicators in order to ensure accurate reporting.
To deal with the rising rate of infection and increased hospital admissions for extraordinarily sick patients due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), CDI teams have had to act quickly by adapting to remote work, modifying CDI practices, and more.
According to a recent audit by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG), Ohio State University Hospital received millions in overpayments during an audit period due to errors in coding, MS-DRG assignment, and billing.
Recently published CMS guidance clarifies billing requirements for services rendered via telecommunications technology during the public health emergency. Valerie Rinkle, MPA, CHRI , breaks down the updated guidance as it applies to outpatient services provided at alternative care sites such as patient homes.
Coders must apply modifiers to CPT codes for select services rendered during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency to ensure that providers are paid in full for documented work. This article details reporting of telehealth modifiers -95, -G0, and -GQ, and emergency modifiers -CR and -CS. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Q: A child presents to the ED with a closed fracture of his left hand. The physician performs a two-view hand x-ray that shows a small fracture. The physician reduces the fracture and performs a one-view x-ray to ensure alignment. Which CPT® codes and modifiers would be used to report the physician’s services?