While it is essential to receive continuing education on ICD-10-CM/PCS code selection, it is also important to stay current with payment system changes and industry news. What are the regulatory changes that will affect inpatient coders in fiscal year (FY) 2020?
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.”
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.
The 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule includes significant documentation and payment changes for outpatient office visits reporting using E/M codes 99202-99215. Beginning in 2021, these proposed updates could add billions of dollars to the national E/M revenue stream.
While it is essential to receive continuing education on ICD-10-CM/PCS code selection, it is also important to stay current with industry news. Joe Rivet, JD, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, CICA, CPMA, CAC, CACO , reviews inpatient reporting and guideline updates for fiscal year 2020. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
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.
Keeping up with commercial payer requirements can stump any revenue integrity department, and commercial payer audits can be an especially tough puzzle to solve. Review advice from experts on improving internal processes for dealing with commercial audits.
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.
Correct documentation and coding are key to accurate reimbursement, but according to the Office of Inspector General, organizations aren’t hitting the mark on either when billing for inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) services.
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.
A May report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that some physician practices were at the root of basic coding errors that caused federal overpayments. Although the Essence audit was small, the findings have significant implications for physician coders.
Learn how ICD-10-CM coding accuracy, specificity, and compliance impacts provider performance in each of the four performance categories under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
At the beginnings of inpatient coding and CDI, we had books like DRG Expert and Excel-based programs for MS-DRG selections. More than 10 years later, vendors are offering web-based technologies that use artificial intelligence and machine learning to make us even more productive in both coding and CDI. The real question, however, is how we can best leverage those technologies.
Valerie Rinkle, MPA, CHRI, covers important proposals found in the fiscal year (FY) 2020 IPPS proposed rule, including coding updates, new technology payment changes, and increases to low wage index hospitals.
Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS, presents a review of MS-DRG basics to ensure that inpatient coders have a thorough understanding of MS-DRGs’ intricacies, thus perfecting assignment and reimbursement accuracy.