On July 30 CMS announced the addition of 12 new ICD-10-PCS codes to describe the Introduction or Transfusion of therapeutics for treating patients with COVID-19. These new codes became effective August 1.
Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC) reported that several outpatient claims did not meet medical necessity requirements for hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy for diabetic wounds of the lower extremities, according to the July 2020 Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter .
According to a recent audit by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG), Ohio State University Hospital received millions in overpayments during an audit period due to errors in coding, MS-DRG assignment, and billing.
The American Medical Association (AMA) recently announced a new CPT® code for reporting antigen testing performed on patients suspected of being infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The new code is intended to improve reporting of antigen tests using an immunofluorescent or immunochromatographic technique for detection of COVID-19.
The ICD-10-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee recently released the fiscal year (FY) 2021 ICD-10-CM code set, which includes 490 new, 58 deleted, and 47 revised ICD-10-CM codes. Along with updates to the Tabular index, these changes include new codes for reporting chronic kidney disease and body mass index.
CMS’ recently released the fiscal year (FY) 2021 IPPS proposed rule which included proposals for the creation and revision of various MS-DRGs. In particular, CMS proposed the creation of a new MS-DRG for cases involving chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapies.
CMS recently published details on prior authorization requirements, established by the 2020 OPPS final rule, for select hospital outpatient department (HOPD) services, scheduled to go into effect July 1.
CMS recently released the fiscal year (FY) 2021 ICD-10-PCS code set and ICD-10-PCS Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting . The ICD-10-PCS code update includes new codes for Fragmentation and Drainage, while the guidelines update includes new and revised guidelines for certain root operations, approach values, and device combinations.
CMS issued the proposed lists of new, revised, and invalidated ICD-10-CM codes May 11 in conjunction with the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule. The update will be significantly larger than the FY 2020 ICD-10-CM update if all the proposed changes are finalized.
CMS released an interim final rule with comment period on April 30 that grants organizations additional flexibilities to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 public health emergency, including permitting hospitals to bill for telehealth services and loosening restrictions on COVID-19 testing.
Providers have two new CPT codes to report for blood tests to check for the presence of COVID-19 antibodies. The codes, which allow for reporting of one- and two-step testing methods, took effect April 10, according to an American Medical Association (AMA) update.
The state of New York issued an executive order directly effecting the work of health information management professionals that limits documentation and coding requirements for COVID-19 patients. Around the same time, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it will reimburse hospitals nationwide at Medicare rates for treating uninsured COVID-19 patients.
On March 31, the CDC updated the 2020 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting to include guidance for reporting the novel coronavirus and associated respiratory illnesses, effective April 1 through September 30.
CMS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a new ICD-10-CM code for reporting COVID-19 along with relief for facilities participating in quality reporting during COVID-19. Guidance on MS-DRG assignment and CC/MCC status for the new COVID-19 code has also been released.
The AMA announced that its CPT® editorial panel expedited approval of a unique CPT code to report laboratory testing services for COVID-19. The new code supports the urgent public health need for streamlined reporting of testing for the virus.
Providers need to clean up coding for electro-acupuncture devices, according to CMS. In Special Edition MLN Matters 20001, the agency noted that some providers are incorrectly coding these devices using HCPCS Level II code L8679 (implantable neurostimulator, pulse generator, any type).