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.
Which services should clinical documentation improvement (CDI) specialists target in outpatient facilities? Anny Pang Yuen, RHIA, CCS, CCDS, CDIP , writes about how outpatient CDI differs from inpatient CDI and how it can be applied in hospitals or physician practices.
The 2016 CPT® code update may have been relatively small compared to previous years, but the urinary and genital system sections did receive numerous changes to align them with other sections of the code book.
CMS administers the Medicare program and it is currently the single largest payer for healthcare in the United States. Medicare Part A, B, C, and D, all encompass a wide variety of services, all of which providers need to understand to determine which services are covered for patients.
Post-traumatic stress disorder isn’t only reported for military personnel. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, RHIA, CCS-P, COC, CPC-I, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, writes about when PTSD may be reported and which diagnosis and procedures codes should be included.
The AMA introduced new CPT codes for 2016 to report intracranial therapeutic interventions. Stacie L. Buck, RHIA, CCS-P, CIRCC, RCC, reviews the changes and provides examples on how to use them in a variety of procedures.
Perhaps recognizing the massive undertaking for coding and HIM departments in 2015 with the implementation of ICD-10, the latest CPT® update includes a relatively small 367 changes for 2016. Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCDS, and Peggy Blue, MPH, CPC, CEMC, CCS-P, review updates to the digestive system and E/M codes.
Before the new year begins, Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, CDIP, COBGC, recommends taking a look at post-implementation risks CMS and third-party payers have identified. She also offers solutions on auditing and reviewing these risks. 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.
Physician office coders are likely familiar with coding for x-ray procedures, but may not have much experience coding ultrasound. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, CDIP, COBGC, and ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, reviews how ultrasound procedure codes are categorized and offers tips on reporting them in office settings.
Primary care providers see patients for a wide variety of conditions, meaning coders in those settings may have to learn many of the new concepts and terms in ICD-10-CM. Annie Boynton, BS, RHIT, CPCO, CCS, CPC, CCS-P, COC, CPC-P, CPC-I, and Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPC-I, CPMA, CRC, CHPSE, CGSC, CENTC, COBGC, CPEDC, discuss three common conditions seen in these settings and what information coders will need to look for in documentation to code them in ICD-10-CM.
Nearly 30% of Medicare patients are enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) programs, which come with specific coding and documentation challenges. Elaine King, MHS, RHIA, CHP, CHDA, CDIP, FAHIMA, and Bonnie S. Cassidy, MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA, FHIMSS, highlight key requirements for reporting diagnoses that map to Hierarchical Condition Category codes, the basis of MA plans.
Evaluation and management (E/M) services are one of the top areas of review by federal auditors. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , writes about common errors found in audits and how providers can take steps to correct them.
Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) coding may be a foreign concept for some coders, but making sure documentation for Medicare Advantage patients supports it can be critical. Holly J. Cassano, CPC , discusses what criteria needs to be met for complete documentation.
While the digestive and integumentary sections had extensive edits in the latest CPT ® update, many sections were left relatively unchanged. Joanne Schade-Boyce, BSDH, MS, CPC, ACS , and Denise Williams, RN, CPC-H, review which sections only had minor updates and take a closer look at evaluation and management and chemodenervation changes in the 2014 CPT Manual.
The number of patients using Medicare Advantage (MA) is rapidly growing, making Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs) an increasingly important concept for revenue cycle staff to understand in order to guarantee reimbursement.