Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA/CGMA, FACHE, FHFMA, CHPS, describes how coding reviews provide an opportunity to conduct a thorough compliance review that not only addresses components of the coding process, but also the integrity of the patient’s record. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Laura Evans, CPC , takes a deep dive into four CPT Category III codes that were released in the 2023 CPT Manual . Those codes are used to report cutting-edge regenerative musculoskeletal procedures, the use of animal implants, and facet joint replacements.
This article reviews the most common types of external diagnostic cardiology tests, examines relevant CPT coding guidelines, and offers reporting advice from an expert. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
CMS published its first quarter 2023 HCPCS Application Summaries and Coding Recommendations April 27, which summarizes the final decisions on HCPCS Level II code assignments. CMS created 58 new HCPCS codes, deleted seven codes, and revised one code. Most changes will be implemented July 1.
Modifier -25 is used to report a significant, separately identifiable E/M service by the same physician. Courtney Crozier, MA, RHIA, CCS, CDIP , reviews the American Medical Association’s guidance on correct reporting of modifier -25, and outlines when and how to report it.
Shockwave intravascular lithotripsy treats areas of severely calcified coronary arteries. Jane Arbogast-Schappell, CCS, CPC, CCC, CIRCC, explains the procedure and how to report it in HCPCS with coding examples.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of cardiac rhythm disorder in the U.S. This article defines the condition, reviews relevant ICD-10-CM coding guidelines, and provides documentation and reporting guidance from experts. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Pain treatment procedures for trigger point injections have a history of high denial rates. Julia Kyles, CPC , offers insight on what coders and physicians can do to improve reporting of these procedures.
Coding audits are often a source of irritation in small and large practices alike. This article covers common misconceptions about the auditing process and offers tips from experts on how to correct them. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The American Medical Association’s (AMA) CPT Editorial Panel recently approved a new vaccine administration code for COVID-19. It also released a summary of panel actions, which includes accepted and deleted code and guideline revisions for July 2023, January 2024, and January 2025.
Receiving payments for rendered physician services relies on clean claim submission with accurate CPT codes. This article reviews common CPT coding and billing errors, their causes, and strategies for preventing them.
Hypothyroidism is a common chronic disorder that involves the underproduction of the thyroxine hormone. This article defines hypothyroidism, reviews relevant ICD-10-CM codes, and provides insight from experts. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The beginning of March brought the release of the first quarter 2023 Coding Clinic . Laurie Prescott, RN, MSN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDIP, CRC, summarizes key information provided in this publication, including analysis of ICD-10-CM guidelines , code changes, and coding Q&As.
The January 2023 update to the CPT manual had almost every chapter undergoing some form of change. In this article, Aimee L. Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CST, MA, MT, delves into some of the major changes to E/M coding and considerations for documentation integrity.