The finalized fiscal year (FY) 2021 ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code sets were recently released in the FY 2021 IPPS final rule, introducing new, revised, and deleted codes for diagnostic and procedural services and accompanying guideline changes.
It’s more important than ever that organizations keep ahead of COVID-19 ICD-10-CM and MS-DRG audits and denials. The financial strain that many organizations are under makes it imperative that they minimize disruptions to revenue.
A few years ago, there was a change of attitude within seizure medicine that manifested itself as new terminology. The older term “pseudoseizure” was replaced by the phrase “psychogenic non-epileptogenic seizure.”
CMS released the fiscal year (FY) 2021 IPPS final rule on September 2. In this article, we will review key priorities for the coming FY, including a continuing emphasis on addressing disparities in reimbursement between urban and rural hospitals and expanding beneficiary access to cutting-edge technologies.
CMS continues to focus on site-neutral payment policies and keeping payments down for 340B-acquired drugs in the 2021 OPPS proposed rule, released in early August. Read about these proposals which if finalized, will impact hospital billing and payment starting January 1.
This increase in alcohol-related deaths is consistent with reports of increases in alcohol-related illnesses and injuries during the same period. This study highlights the fact that alcohol-related admissions are not uncommon, which is why inpatient coders should brush up on reporting these disorders in ICD-10-CM.
Because of the complexity and frequency of ischemic stroke admissions, inpatient coders should review clinical criteria and ICD-10-CM reporting regularly for this diagnosis to ensure accurate coding and reimbursement.
Medicare’s rules for reporting blood products and applying the Part B blood deductible can be confusing. Judith L. Kares, JD , writes about unique HCPCS reporting and billing rules for blood products and related services reimbursed under the OPPS.
Familiarize yourself with notable code updates in the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule, including new E/M reporting guidelines and CPT® codes for lung biopsies, auditory testing, and chronic care management.
Bill Wagner, CHPS, CPCO , unpacks findings from a survey conducted by KIWI-TEK, a medical coding company in Indianapolis, that asked 157 coders how the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted their finances, workflow, and career prospects.
Familiarize yourself with proposed updates to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), including plans to significantly revise the E/M coding guidelines and extend telehealth flexibilities beyond the COVID-19 public health emergency.
CMS released the calendar year (CY) 2021 MPFS and OPPS proposed rules on August 3, introducing new CPT codes, reducing the PFS conversion factor by nearly 11%, and seeking commentary on how to gradually eliminate the inpatient only list.
HIM directors’ and managers’ salaries have largely held steady, but the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is making itself felt. Learn how your salary compares to your peers’ and what you can do to improve your earning power in the future.
As the U.S. slowly tries to recover from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the country might not ever be the same. States have been trying to reopen to regain their local economy, but in April, the U.S. unemployment rate was at the highest it’s ever been since the Great Depression.