You may wonder why an article about the coding of Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs) in the outpatient wound care setting is appearing in an inpatient periodical. When I first approached this topic, I focused on the outpatient wound care setting. But the more I thought about it, I realized this topic is pertinent for inpatient coders.
CMS recently released the 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule, which introduces new guidelines for reporting split/shared visit services. Julia Kyles, CPC , analyzes how the changes would impact physician practices.
CMS recently released the fiscal year (FY) 2022 IPPS final rule which finalizes its efforts to cushion the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospital revenue and resources. Along with payment rate updates, the final rule also repealed the MS-DRG relative weight methodology and hospital cost-reporting requirement finalized in the 2021 IPPS final rule.
Earlier this year, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) added a new OIG Work Plan item for reporting E/M services with minor surgical procedures. Joe Rivet, Esq., CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CICA, CHRC, CHPC, CHEP, CHC, CICA, CAC, CACO , reviews appropriate use of modifier -25 for separately identifiable E/M services.
HIM and coding directors and managers report some gains in salary but have fewer staff in the department with no plans to hire new staff, according to the results of an HCPro’s 2021 HIM director and manager salary survey. Although directors’ and managers’ salaries and benefits appear to have weathered the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, HIM departments may continue to see resources stretched thinner than ever.
The 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule includes significant policy updates affecting physician coding and billing. Review proposals to decrease to the Medicare conversion factor, revise guidelines for critical care services, and loosen telehealth coverage requirements.
The kidneys filter waste and excess fluid from the blood. As kidneys fail, these wastes build up. The symptoms of chronic kidney disease (CKD) generally develop slowly and aren't specific to the disease. Often, there are no noticeable symptoms, and the condition is noted incidentally from a diagnostic testing, or the symptoms first appear once the disease course has reached significant impairment.
With most patient charts now housed in EHRs, technology has become a standard part of the healthcare industry. Growing technological adoption, however, means physicians spend an increasing amount of time on computers and using technology.
In this note, we will review proposed changes to quality programs for inpatient acute and long-term hospital services, and changes to address existing inequities and prevent future inequities in the delivery of these services, including significant improvements to data collection and analysis capabilities.
While technological solutions and electronic health records have made leaps and bounds over the past years in the inpatient setting, there still seems to be much lacking on the outpatient side. Learn how to leverage existing technology to track Hierarchical Condition Category capture and other coding metrics.
In April, CMS released the fiscal year (FY) 2022 IPPS proposed rule. The rule contains proposed payment changes under Medicare Part A for covered inpatient stays in short-term acute care hospitals and inpatient stays in long-term care hospitals.
National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits and Medically Unlikely Edits (MUE) can throw a wrench in the Medicare billing process, delaying appropriate revenue. Learn how to apply recent guidance and best practices to resolve challenging edits.