Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O, HCS-D, reviews the 2020 ICD-10-CM code changes for atrial fibrillation, as well as the clinical background and ICD-10-PCS reporting for related procedures. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, writes that one of the most interesting aspects of the ICD-10-CM code update for fiscal year (FY) 2020 was CMS’ proposal to change the severity assignment for many of these codes. In this article, Blue compares the severity changes that were suggested in the FY 2020 IPPS proposed rule with the designations that were actually finalized.
Q: We recently had a patient who was admitted with sepsis and the physician documented sepsis, a urinary tract infection (UTI) related to a chronic Foley catheter, and pneumonia. Can we report sepsis first instead of the complication code, or is the complication always first?
Sarah Nehring, CCS, CCDS, says that the last thing a query writer wants is to provoke a defensive response, but in the current healthcare environment, CDI specialists, clinical, and inpatient coding staff need to think defensively. In this article, Nehring outlines five items to remember when it comes to defendable queries, documentation, and coding.
If payment updates in the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule are finalized, they will significantly impact physician reimbursement for x-ray and E/M CPT codes, among others. Review payment proposals and the specialties that would see the greatest impact.
The 2020 CPT update added new codes for the preparation and insertion of drug delivery devices, dry needling, and anesthetic nerve injection administration. Familiarize yourself with these and other updates before they go into effect January 1. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Gastrointestinal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the U.S., according to the National Cancer Institute. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, RHIA, CCS-P, CPC-I, COC , writes about ICD-10-CM coding for colon cancer screening and CPT coding for diagnostic colonoscopies.
In August, U.S. District Judge David Ezra in Texas dismissed a case against Baylor Scott & White Health that alleged the organization falsely billed for millions in false claims for Medicare reimbursement.
Q: We have a diabetic patient with chronic kidney disease and hypertension who was admitted for treatment of chronic kidney disease (an Insertion of an arteriovenous graft for dialysis). Which ICD-10-CM code should be sequenced as the principal diagnosis?
ICD-10-CM/PCS coding for heart conditions such as aortic valve stenosis, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation requires an in-depth understanding of anatomical terminology and clinical indications. This article will review these three diagnoses to help ensure accurate reporting and reimbursement. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC , writes that the prevalence and complexity of prostate cancer is why it is so important for even inpatient coders to fully understand the diagnostic, treatment, and procedural aspects of this disease.
CMS released the fiscal year (FY) 2020 IPPS final rule on August 2, increasing inpatient operating payment rates by 3.1%, significantly altering rural health payments, expediting opportunities to pay for new technologies, and updating CCs, MCCs, and MS-DRGs. These policy updates affect approximately 3,300 acute care hospitals and apply to discharges occurring on and after October 1.
While it is essential to receive continuing education on ICD-10-CM/PCS code selection, it is also important to stay current with payment system changes and industry news. What are the regulatory changes that will affect inpatient coders in fiscal year (FY) 2020?
According to the Fourth Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction (2018), “The clinical definition of myocardial infarction denotes the presence of acute myocardial injury detected by abnormal cardiac biomarkers in the setting of evidence of acute myocardial ischemia.”
When applying CPT modifiers -80, -81, and -82, physician coders must carefully consider details in the operative note. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , writes about the correct application of modifiers used to identify services performed by surgical assistants.