Given the frequency with which wound procedures are performed, and the expenses associated with their performance, it’s essential that coders have a clear understanding of how to accurately report CPT codes for these services. Review 2020 CPT codes for wound repairs and grafting procedures. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The AMA announced that its CPT® editorial panel expedited approval of a unique CPT code to report laboratory testing services for COVID-19. The new code supports the urgent public health need for streamlined reporting of testing for the virus.
Providers will find immediate opportunity to provide virtual visits to patients enrolled in Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans as CMS seeks to facilitate screening and treatment of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.
Providers need to clean up coding for electro-acupuncture devices, according to CMS. In Special Edition MLN Matters 20001, the agency noted that some providers are incorrectly coding these devices using HCPCS Level II code L8679 (implantable neurostimulator, pulse generator, any type).
When reporting CPT codes for spinal excisions and decompression procedures, coders must consider the approach used, spinal levels operated on, number of providers involved, and more. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Coders will find a wide range of CPT and HCPCS Level II codes that have been assigned medically unlikely edits (MUE) this year. Review new MUE values that went live January 1 for codes involving drug injections as well as E/M, radiology, and therapy services.
Hemorrhoids are the third most common outpatient gastrointestinal diagnosis in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Debbie Jones, CPC, CCA , writes about symptoms of hemorrhoids and CPT coding for treatment.
More than 34 million people in the U.S. have diabetes and one in five don’t know they have it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this article, Lori-Lynne Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, CDIP, COBGC , writes about E/M coding for diabetes management and HCPCS Level II coding for external insulin infusion pumps.
CMS recently announced that it will cover acupuncture therapy sessions for Medicare patients with chronic low back pain. Read about how this change will impact physician coding and billing for acupuncture services.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring the rapid spread of a novel 2019 coronavirus, formally named COVID-19, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Learn about signs, symptoms, and ICD-10-CM coding for the virus. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes mellitus and 25% don’t know they have it. Lori-Lynne Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, CDIP, COBGC, writes about characteristics of the diabetes and ICD-10-CM coding for the disease.
Nationwide studies show increases in rates of alcohol-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations over the past decade. Review ICD-10-CM documentation and reporting for alcohol abuse and related complications. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published an ICD-10-CM index and tabular addenda with reporting criteria for new ICD-10-CM code U07.0 (vaping-related disorders). The agency also updated its MS-DRG grouper software package to accommodate the new code.
As with any new clinical documentation integrity (CDI) initiative, there are many possible starting points for outpatient CDI. Review advice from healthcare professionals at Trinity Health on how to successfully implement an outpatient CDI program.
The Medicine section of the CPT Manual includes codes for a variety of services and is divided into 33 subsections that can be challenging to navigate. Review guidance for reporting 47 new codes within this section of the manual including those for vaccines, behavioral assessments, ocular examinations, and more. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The American Medical Association introduced new CPT codes for long-term electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring sessions that went into effect on January 1. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, RHIA, HCISPP, CCS-P, COC, CPC-I , describes how to accurately apply these codes based on details in provider documentation.