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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
It’s that time of year when coders eagerly await the release of the new ICD-10-CM/PCS codes and guideline updates for the upcoming year. Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, tackles the fiscal year (FY) 2020 IPPS final rule to highlight 2020 code set and guideline changes. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
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.
Sepsis and systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) have historically been difficult to report due to changing terminology and continuous updates to ICD-10-CM coding guidelines. Review clinical terminology and complex guidelines to select the most specific codes for both conditions.
Adriane Martin, DO, FACOS, CCDS , describes key takeaways from Coding Clinic , Second Quarter 2019, including helpful advice on well-known coding challenges and their impact on severity and DRG assignment.
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.
Adriane Martin, DO, FACOS, CCDS , writes about how to accurately capture and report social determinants of health to improve patient outcomes and decrease costs. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
PTSD is marked by persistent mental and emotional stress that occurs as a result of severe psychological shock. Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC , reviews symptoms of and ICD-10-CM coding for PTSD, as well as barriers to psychosocial treatment for the condition.
Keeping up with coding changes in the circulatory system chapter in the ICD-10-CM manual is an ongoing process. Almost every fiscal year coders are met with new codes for myocardial infarctions (MI), changes to congestive heart failure codes, and updates to the guidelines for reporting cerebrovascular diseases.
Acute kidney injury (AKI) and acute tubular necrosis (ATN) remain targets for both coding and clinical validation. Over the years, we’ve gleaned valuable insights from appealing hundreds of coding and clinical validation denials for AKI and ATN.
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.