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).
The Surviving Sepsis Campaign recently published new pediatric sepsis guidelines in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine . This update includes information on a two-phase process for septic shock and guidelines for therapy start times.
CMS announced on February 13 that it created a new HCPCS code U0001 to report laboratory testing for the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Medicare’s claims processing system will be able to accept this code on April 1 for dates of service on or after February 4.
In 2017, roughly 48 million incident cases of sepsis were recorded worldwide and 11 million sepsis-related deaths were reported, according to a study published in The Lancet . According to the study, this represents 19.7% of all global deaths.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published an ICD-10-CM index and tabular addenda with reporting criteria for new ICD-10-CM code U07.0 (vaping-related disorders). The agency also updated its MS-DRG grouper software package to accommodate the new code.
CMS recently published Special Edition MLN Matters article 20004 regarding changes to new technology add-on payments (NTAP) under the IPPS that are meant to increase access to innovative antibiotics for hospital inpatients.
CMS recently rescinded Transmittal 4880, January 2020 Update of the OPPS, and replaced it with Transmittal 4494 to include updated language on the removal of procedures from the inpatient-only list and new information on out-of-pocket costs for screenings with electrocardiography. All other information remains the same.
Ninety percent of hospital and inpatient organization leaders are considering outsourcing both clinical and non-clinical functions to achieve cost-efficiencies and succeed in value-based care models, according to a recent Black Book survey.