Coders will find a wide range of CPT and HCPCS Level II codes that have been assigned medically unlikely edits (MUE) this year. Review new MUE values that went live January 1 for codes involving drug injections as well as E/M, radiology, and therapy services.
Prior to 1983, Medicare reimbursed based on actual charges that inpatient healthcare facilities billed (often referred to as “fee-for-service” payments). The more tests, procedures, and services ordered by physicians, the more an organization was paid. This created the potential for unnecessary or excessive services, contributing to rising healthcare costs and the possibility of depleting Medicare funds.
ICD-10-CM/PCS coding for severe and potentially fatal heart conditions such as aortic valve stenosis (AVS), heart failure (HF), and atrial fibrillation (AF) requires an in-depth understanding of anatomical terminology and clinical indications. Coders need to be able to select the most specific codes based on reported symptoms and the severity of the disease.
As with any new clinical documentation integrity (CDI) initiative, there are many possible starting points for outpatient CDI. Review advice from healthcare professionals at Trinity Health on how to successfully implement an outpatient CDI program.
Trey La Charité, MD, FACP, SFHM, CCS, CCDS , writes about conflicting documentation and how coders and clinical documentation integrity specialists can resolve inconsistencies in provider documentation to prevent claim denials.
The fiscal year 2020 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) proposed rule threw gas on the population health fire when it proposed giving social determinants of health (SDOH) codes more weight as complications/comorbid conditions (CC).
Prevention of the flu is important as this illness can lead to hospitalization and even death. The CDC reports the hospitalization rate due to the flu is 2.7 per every 100,000 persons, and there is a 4.8% mortality rate due to influenza and pneumonia.
HCPro’s 2019 coding productivity survey showed that coding productivity held steady for 2019, but facilities continue to struggle with miscommunications between coding and CDI staff and unanswered physician queries.
Due to the frequency of diagnoses and treatments for breast cancer, it’s more important than ever for inpatient coders to make sure they are reporting these diagnoses and procedures with the utmost accuracy.
One of the most vexing challenges that CDI specialists have is how to engage physicians to completely and precisely document their patients’ conditions and treatments in the language required by ICD-10-CM, which is essential to risk adjustment.
If you aren’t yet confused by the site-neutral payment policy changes prompted by CMS apparently ignoring both Congressional intent and the American Hospital Association (AHA) and other impacted hospitals filing suit, you are likely to become so now.
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS , reviews updated policies in the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule that will affect ICD-10-CM risk-adjustment reporting and documentation for facilities.
JustCoding’s sister publication, HIM Briefings, conducted a benchmarking survey to shed light on edit and denial management processes across the industry. Review findings from the survey to see how your organization compares to those across the industry.
According to ACDIS’ recent CDI Week Industry Survey , which included an extended section on CDI staffing practices, only 37% of respondents said they had HIM/coding backgrounds represented in their CDI departments.