The urinary system might not be one of the body systems people are most eager to discuss, but learning the anatomy of the urinary system is key in coding certain procedures, especially in the surgical and interventional radiology specialties. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The 2018 OPPS proposed rule is one of the shortest—and latest—in recent memory, being released July 13 at only 663 pages, but it contains major proposed policy changes for the 340B drug discount program, incorporates new modifiers, and expands packaging to drug administration for the first time.
Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CPC, CCS-P, CEMC , reviews coding guidelines, signs, and symptoms of gastroparesis and helps coders avoid tricky guidance that can lead to reporting errors. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Coding and billing for the transgender patient can be difficult even when society in general has become more aware of people who are transgender. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC, covers some of the challenges coders may face when filing claims for transgender patients.
In the outpatient world, physicians are accustomed to seeing services as the key to reimbursement, but diagnoses and outcomes will increasingly factor into reimbursement as healthcare shifts toward value-based care. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Starting October 1, the new and revised ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes go into effect along with proposed DRG changes. Coders will benefit from digging deeper into the meanings of the new cardiovascular code descriptions to be able to fully understand and use them.
July is National Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. Yvette DeVay, MHA, CPC, CIC, CPC-I, explains the differences between the many different types of juvenile arthritis in order to help coders report the disease correctly.
In ICD-10-CM, defining, diagnosing, and documenting the various forms of altered mental status and their underlying causes remains an ongoing challenge for physicians and their facilities, according to James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP .
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is encouraging providers to decrease the number of cesarean section deliveries. According to Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, COBGC, CHDA, this means coders should brush up on their knowledge of how to code fetal intervention procedures for babies who are in a breech position.
The Quality Payment Program proposed rule seems to bring relief to providers anticipating escalation of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) requirements, but there are a plethora of reasons for coding professionals to start adapting their workflow for MACRA now. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
In late June, CMS released a major proposed rule that hospitals will need to pay attention to—and no, I don’t mean to say that CMS released the CY 2018 OPPS proposed rule early, though we’ve thought that might happen since it’s been at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for several months.
As CMS and third-party payers have looked for ways to treat patients in the outpatient setting and reduce inpatient volumes, CMS has used the 2-midnight rule, in addition to other methods, to treat patients as outpatients or in observation whenever possible.
Laura Legg, RHIT, CCS, CDIP, writes that coders will benefit from digging deeper into the meanings of the new fiscal year 2018 ICD-10-PCS cardiovascular code descriptions to be able to fully comprehend and use them.
Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, reviews 2017 First and Second Quarter Coding Clinic advice, which includes sequencing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with other respiratory diagnoses and body mass index reporting instructions.
May was a busy month for telehealth in the political world on both the federal and state levels. This action serves as a reminder that expanded access will mean an increase in telehealth coding, but navigating eligibility requirements and coding regulations can be a challenge. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Podiatry coding can become complicated quickly, as a number of procedures can be performed on the same site or region of the foot. This means codes could easily run into NCCI edits or denials. One way to ensure physicians are reimbursed properly for provided services is to review NCCI edits pertaining to podiatry.
Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week began on Mother’s Day and aimed to raise awareness of the dangers of substance abuse during pregnancy. In honor of this awareness week, Yvette DeVay, MHA, CPC, CIC, CPC-I , discusses fetal alcohol syndrome disorders and ICD-10-CM coding for the condition.