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.
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.
CMS proposed a new framework for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) intended to make the transition to value-based care easier for physicians. Read up on the proposed framework, MIPS Value Pathways (MVP), and its potential impact on patients and providers beginning in 2021.
Evolving diagnostic terminology and a general lack of awareness surrounding gender fluidity can cause confusion for healthcare providers and coders. Review key considerations for the ICD-10-CM reporting of biological sex, gender identity, and other gender-related diagnoses. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
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.
Q: A patient presents to a wound care clinic for assessment of a 15 sq. cm open wound. A nurse evaluates the wound and performs selective debridement. Would it be appropriate to bill an E/M code and if so, should we report modifier -25?
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of heart arrhythmia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, RHIA, CCS-P, COC, CPC-I , reviews outpatient coding for AF and surgical techniques used to treat the condition on a case-by-case basis.
Drug administration is one of the most commonly performed procedures in outpatient departments; however, this topic continues to generate confusion for coders and providers alike. Brush up on CPT coding rules for intravenous (IV) injections, infusions, and hydration services. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Several surgical techniques can be used to excise or slow the growth of a paratubal cyst. Lori-Lynne Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , describes the etiology of paratubal cysts and CPT coding for their treatment.
Before starting an ambulatory or outpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program, those tasked with the project must first create some universal definitions, so everyone is on the same page and speaking the same language.
Medicare appropriate use criteria (AUC) requirements, currently in a voluntary testing period, will become mandatory starting January 1, 2020. Denise Williams, COC, CHRI , shares insight and analysis on AUC reporting requirements to help facilities prepare for what’s to come.
CMS released the 2020 ICD-10-CM code set in May, adding 273 new codes effective for reporting beginning October 1. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, RHIA, CCS-P, COC , reviews new ICD-10-CM Z codes for factors influencing health status and Y codes for legal interventions.
The ICD-10-CM Manual lists hundreds of code options for mental disorders with unique characters to specify symptoms and complications. This article breaks down outpatient coding for commonly reported mental health conditions, psychiatric assessments, and psychotherapy. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
ED physicians commonly treat fractures. A fracture can be the result of a traumatic injury, such as a fall, or may be pathologic (i.e., due to a disease process). In general, fractures can be classified as open or closed, displaced or nondisplaced.
CMS recently released two quarterly updates effective July 1: Medicare Claims Processing Transmittal 4313 , which is the July update to the OPPS, and Medicare Claims Processing Transmittal 4314 , which is the related July update to the Integrated Outpatient Code Editor (I/OCE) Specifications, Attachment B.
In 2013, “Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant Query Practice,” a collaboration between AHIMA and ACDIS, was published. It has served as the industry guideline for the establishment of best practices surrounding queries. The 2019 update reinforces the information set forth in the preceding practice briefs while also introducing some newer guidelines reflective of today’s healthcare environment.
CMS recently released quarterly updates to the OPPS and Integrated Outpatient Code Editor (I/OCE), effective July 1. Judith Kares, JD , summarizes key coding and billing policy updates, including changes to APCs, status indicators, revenue code changes, and more.
The use of ultrasound at the bedside, or within the office practice, has become more common in provider-based clinic settings. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , details documentation requirements and CPT and ICD-10-CM coding for diagnostic ultrasound services.