HCCs are the basis for risk adjustments for reimbursement models like Medicare Advantage, accountable care organizations, and other value-based purchasing measures such as Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary. Poor understanding and application of HCCs mean that a hospital’s patients may be much sicker in reality than they appear to be on paper, and that will hit reimbursement hard.
The human eye may be small, but it’s one of the most complex organ systems in the body. Review the anatomy of the eye and how to code for conditions affecting the system, including new details for 2017.
Coders have likely noticed that the 2017 CPT Manual features big changes for reporting moderate sedation. Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, writes about how to define moderate sedation and includes tips on reporting the new codes appropriately.
The 2017 ICD-10-CM updates included a significant number of additions to digestive system diagnoses, especially codes for pancreatitis and intestinal infections. These codes are largely focused in the lower gastrointestinal tract, and a review of the anatomy of this body system could help improve accurate documentation interpretation and code selection.
Coding managers cannot always monitor every guideline update or coding-related issue targeted by the Office of Inspector General. Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA, CHPS, reviews what a coding manager can do during a coding audit and how to implement a plan.
Complex chronic care management services can be challenging to accurately tabulate and report. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC, CDIP, writes about how billers and coders can work with providers to report them accurately.
Many coders may know that the human body contains 206 bones, but they may not realize that more than 10% of them are in the cranium. In addition to reviewing skull anatomy, examine common ICD-10-CM codes for skull conditions.
The 2017 CPT update didn’t include a huge amount of changes, but new codes have replaced the previous ones for dialysis circuit coding. Stacie L. Buck, RHIA, CCS-P, CIRCC, RCC, reviews the new codes and what services are included in each.
Coders have many more options to report diagnoses of the foot in ICD-10-CM, with the ability to include laterality, location, and other details related to the injury. Review the bones of the feet and tips for additional documentation details to note when choosing codes for foot fractures.
The shoulder girdle has the widest and most varied range of motion of any joint in the human body. That also makes it one of the most unstable. Read about the anatomy of the shoulder and which coding options exist for procedures of the shoulder.
Chronic care management codes were adopted by CMS in 2015, but relatively few providers use them. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC, CDIP, writes about the criteria needed to code and bill these services, as well as how coders can work with providers to ensure documentation supports the codes.
Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC, CDIP, reviews how to report vaccinations for the virus and how coverage policies by differ by carrier. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription. Once you have set up your free registration, you can log in and access this article by clicking here.
Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, delves into chapter-specific guidance included in the updated 2017 ICD-10-CM guidelines, including changes for diabetes, hypertension, pressure ulcers, and more.
Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, continues her review of the updated 2017 ICD-10-CM guidelines by explaining how changes to sections for laterality and non-provider documentation will impact coders and physicians. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription. Once you have set up your free registration, you can log in and access this article by clicking here.
Updated ICD-10-CM guidelines, effective October 1, could cause confusion for some coders. Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, looks at how changes to reporting linking conditions measure up to previous guidance.
Choosing an E/M level code depends on three components—history, exam, and medical decision-making. History itself has four further components that coders will need to look for in physician documentation. Review what comprises these components to aid in choosing the correct levels.
Obesity is a condition that can complicate coding for other diagnoses in a patient’s record. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC, CDIP, writes about how to report BMI and what must be documented in order to link it with other conditions.