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.
Laura Evans, CPC, and Julia Kyles, CPC, break down potentially confusing updates to the 2021 E/M guidelines, including new definitions for technical terms and revised guidance for reporting diagnostic laboratory testing with interpretation.
Laura Evans, CPC , and Julia Kyles, CPC , break down potentially confusing updates to the 2021 E/M guidelines, including new definitions for technical terms and revised guidance for reporting diagnostic laboratory testing with interpretation.
Facility E/M coding reflects the volume and intensity of resources utilized by the facility during patient encounters. Joe Rivet, Esq., CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, CICA, CPMA, CAC, CACO , describes how facilities can create internal guidelines and point systems for determining E/M level section.
Coding for traumatic fractures is based on details about the broken bone and the event that caused the injury. Review ICD-10-CM codes and guidelines for reporting different types of traumatic fractures.
The most impactful overhaul to the E/M coding and documentation guidelines in 25 years went live January 1. The updated guidelines eliminate medical history and physical examination as required elements for reporting E/M codes 99202-99215. E/M coding for outpatient visits is now based on documentation of medical decision-making (MDM) or time spent on the encounter.
CPT neurology codes describe advanced techniques to evaluate and treat conditions of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. This article details CPT coding for three procedural services used to assess neurological symptoms: electroencephalogram, electromyography, and auditory-evoked potentials testing.
Arthroscopic surgical procedures involve the insertion of a small scope into the interior of a joint, allowing the physician to view the joint without making a large incision through the skin. Review CPT coding for arthroscopic procedures of the hip and knee joints.
Coding managers use risk assessments to measure their level of compliance with laws, regulations, and internal policies and procedures. Learn about the steps involved in E/M risk assessments and practices used to address E/M coding and billing errors.
The 2021 update to the ICD-10-CM code set introduced 43 new codes to Chapter 3: Diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs and certain disorders involving the immune mechanism. Review new codes for sickle-cell diseases, hemolytic anemias, and cytokine release syndrome.
In a year of unprecedented disruption and uncertainty, coding productivity managed to hold steady, according to the results of our 2020 Coding Productivity Survey. Learn how facilities adapted and how yours compares.
Read about regulatory updates in the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule impacting CPT coding for chronic and transitional care management services, and billing for COVID-19-related services.
This article details 2021 updates to CPT® codes for medicine services including several new codes for continuous electrocardiogram (ECG) recordings and auditory-evoked potentials (AEP), as well as American Medical Association (AMA)-approved CPT codes for COVID-19 immunizations.
Hospital coding for pregnancy-related services requires a detailed understanding of the CPT® global obstetric (OB) package and ICD-10-CM coding guidelines for maternal care management. This article details hospital coding for pregnancy and delivery complications and procedures used to treat them.
The calendar year 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule will have a significant impact on physician health systems. Review the implications of updated coding and payment policies that will boost payment for certain E/M services and cut the Medicare conversion factor by 10.2%.
In this article, Laura Evans, CPC, reviews 2021 E/M coding for outpatient encounters based on provider documentation of medical decision-making (MDM). She breaks down the four levels of problems addressed and describes the types of conditions that would fall into each category.
Modifiers provide a means by which a physician or facility can flag a service that has been altered by a special circumstance but has not changed in definition or code. Break down CPT guidelines for reporting hospital modifiers -25, -50, -59, -LT, and RT.