Those afflicted with sickle-cell disease or sickle cell traits were more likely to experience severe COVID-19 illness and hospitalization, according to a recent study presented at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition.
Q: Was there an Excludes note change for subcategory G93.4- (other and unspecified encephalopathy) for fiscal year 2021? If so, how will it change any ICD-10-CM reporting and reimbursement for toxic encephalopathy and metabolic encephalopathy going forward?
In a year of unprecedented disruption and uncertainty, coding productivity managed to hold steady, according to the results of HCPro’s 2020 Coding Productivity Survey. Review the survey results, which provide data on facility coding productivity, accuracy benchmarks, and more.
Sarah Nehring, RHIT, CCS, CCDS, writes that the ICD-10-PCS code set update for fiscal year 2021 included the creation of five new Fragmentation tables. For this article, Nehring will take a look at two vascular Fragmentation procedures: ultrasound-assisted thrombolysis (EKOS) and intravascular shockwave lithotripsy (IVL). Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Both sepsis and malnutrition remain top denied diagnoses, and there is little sign of those denial rates slowing. This article is part two of a two-part series that zeros in on clinical validation and denial prevention for these two diagnoses.
Recently, we have seen a rise in the documented diagnosis of malnutrition at our inpatient facilities. Malnutrition is highly reviewed among auditors and just as commonly denied among payers. I want to share the most recent coding updates and best practice guidelines with you.
In the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule, CMS announced new HCPCS add-on code G2211 for visit complexity inherent to E/M services. Julia Kyles, CPC, describes when and how to report G2211 with E/M codes 99202-99215.
The 2021 update to the ICD-10-CM code set introduced 43 new codes to Chapter 3: Diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs and certain disorders involving the immune mechanism. Review new codes for sickle-cell diseases, hemolytic anemias, and cytokine release syndrome. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Shelley C. Safian, PhD, RHIA, CCS-P, CPC-I, HCISPP , writes about CPT coding for total hip arthroplasty and autologous chondrocyte implantation: two orthopedic procedures that were recently removed from the inpatient-only (IPO) list for 2021.
Although the HIM department plays a key role in the revenue cycle, too often it’s placed in a reactive position, limiting the department’s effectiveness. The HIM department can wind up locked in a cycle of cleaning up claims without being empowered to apply process improvements that would reduce errors and facilitate corrections.
Joe Rivet, Esq, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, CICA, CPMA, CAC, CACO, looks at some of the new fiscal year (FY) 2021 ICD-10-CM codes and guidelines pertaining to COVID-19 and Chapter 1 of the ICD-10-CM manual: Certain infectious and parasitic diseases. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Review clinical indicators for various types of encephalopathies including toxic or metabolic encephalopathy, hypertensive encephalopathy, and hepatic encephalopathy. Frequently reviewing clinical indicators for these complicated diagnoses will ensure both proper coding and reimbursement.
Both sepsis and malnutrition remain top denied diagnoses, and there is little sign of those denial rates slowing. Part one of this two-part series will take a closer look at malnutrition and sepsis criteria challenges, while part two will zero in on clinical validation and denial prevention for these two diagnoses.
Julian Everett, RN, BSN, CDIP, details COVID-19’s recent impact on our healthcare system including healthcare spending, health disparities, and the future of the system among COVID-19. Everett also assesses ICD-10-CM reporting for these disparities and social determinants of health.