CPT coding for behavioral health can be challenging given the multitude of factors that influence code selection. Review procedural coding for psychiatric diagnostic assessments, psychotherapy, and other mental health services commonly performed in the office setting. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Q: Does a psychiatrist need to document a physical examination and a review of prescriptions in order to support the reporting of CPT code 90792 (psychiatric diagnostic evaluation with medical services)?
CMS released the calendar year (CY) 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and OPPS final rules approving changes to E/M documentation guidelines, introducing new HCPCS codes, and continuing its potentially unlawful payment policy for drugs purchased through the 340B drug discount program.
Advances in technology have made it easier for providers to administer remote physiologic monitoring services. However, because these services are relatively new, they remain underutilized and Part B providers have questions on how to accurately report and bill for them.
Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a rare genetic disorder that causes significant physical and intellectual abnormalities. Debbie Jones, CPC, CCA , writes about signs and symptoms of PWS and diagnostic and CPT coding for the disorder.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released documentation guidance for providers who evaluate patients with symptoms of e-cigarette- or vaping-associated lung injury, as well as official ICD-10-CM coding guidance for reporting these encounters.
Every day, more than 130 people in the U.S. die after overdosing on opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In this article, Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , writes about accurate documentation and ICD-10-CM coding for opioid use, abuse, and dependence.
By selecting the most specific codes for cancer diagnoses, coders can help epidemiologists track disease trends and measure the efficacy of drug therapies and radiation oncology treatments. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
A wide range of diagnostic tests may be used by hospital providers to examine respiratory functioning. In this article, Shelley C. Safian, PhD, RHIA, HCISPP, CCS-P, CPC-I , interprets CPT guidance for reporting pulmonary functioning tests used to diagnose patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Perhaps the most momentous Quality Payment Program (QPP) news in the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule is the Pathways version of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)—but that’s not happening until 2021.
One thousand eighty cases of respiratory illnesses and 18 deaths brought on by vaping have been reported in the U.S. as of October 1, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Review provider documentation and ICD-10-CM reporting for vaping-induced illnesses. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The fiscal year 2020 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting provide instructions for healthcare professionals on how to appropriately report complex diagnoses. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , writes about significant guideline updates that will impact facilities starting October 1.
U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer recently ruled that CMS exceeded its authority when it expanded a site-neutral payment policy that cut reimbursement for certain E/M services provided in previously excepted off-campus hospital clinics.
Internal audits can reveal inconsistencies in provider documentation and coding, reporting errors, and fraudulent billing practices. Review internal auditing basics and advice from regulatory experts on how to effectively educate providers on audit findings. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
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.
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.
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.