In a year of unprecedented disruption and uncertainty, coding productivity managed to hold steady, according to the results of HCPro’s 2020 Coding Productivity Survey. Review the survey results, which provide data on facility coding productivity, accuracy benchmarks, and more.
Although the HIM department plays a key role in the revenue cycle, too often it’s placed in a reactive position, limiting the department’s effectiveness. The HIM department can wind up locked in a cycle of cleaning up claims without being empowered to apply process improvements that would reduce errors and facilitate corrections.
Audit defense is a key strategy in protecting earned revenue and ensuring coding and billing compliance. Read about auditing trends during the COVID-19 public health emergency and internal processes that organizations are using to track audit activity.
One concern CDI professionals and inpatient coders say they struggle with is physician engagement and education. Without an engaged physician staff, CDI and coding efforts will languish with unanswered queries and subpar documentation practices.
I received a note from Diane Matysik, a CDI supervisor for Ascension Health in Duluth, Minnesota, who asked a question near and dear to my emergency department (ED) heart: If a patient suffers an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and is resuscitated before arrival in the ED, should the scenario be described with an ICD-10-CM Z code?
The HIM department plays a critical role in the revenue cycle, but it’s often placed in a reactive position, limiting its effectiveness. Learn how to improve operations by enhancing the HIM department’s involvement across the revenue cycle.
Alicia Kutzer, Esq., LL.M., M.H.A , reviews CMS’ Interim Final Rule with Request for Comments (IFC) concerning coverage, billing, and payment for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics. This guidance is imperative for inpatient hospitals to evaluate to ensure proper documentation and reimbursement.
Public comments on 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule offer insight into the policy preferences of the medical practice industry. Familiarize yourself with controversial proposed policies to restrict telehealth billing and reduce payment rates for audio-only E/M services.
The COVID-19 public health emergency has not made it easy, but coders and medical practice staff have a lot to be proud of this year. Review key findings from a medical practice salary survey, including data to support medical staff pay increases and expanded job responsibilities.
The fiscal year (FY) 2021 ICD-10-CM code set includes 26 new codes for nervous system conditions such as cerebellar ataxia, Dravet syndrome, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks. This article details these code changes and associated updates to the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting , which went into effect last month.
CMS set the timer on transforming MS-DRGs in the recently released fiscal year (FY) 2021 IPPS final rule . The agency strongly signaled its wish to de-emphasize the role of the chargemaster and the cost-to-charge ratio (CCR) in MS-DRG rate setting and laid out a pathway to a methodology that would align traditional Medicare MS-DRG rates with Medicare Advantage (MA).
As we continue seeing an influx of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, there is no better time for inpatient coders to review ICD-10-PCS reporting for extracorporeal membranous oxygenation (ECMO) procedures. Hopefully these procedures are only necessary in rare circumstances for those COVID-19 inpatients.