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.
Coders select E/M levels based on criteria developed by their organization. CMS has proposed a significant change to E/M coding-replacing the current 20 E/M levels for new patients, existing patients, and ED visits with three G codes-but that change would only apply to Medicare patients and only to the facility side.
Coders use the same CPT ® codes to report outpatient services whether they are coding physician or facility services. Jaci Johnson, CPC,CPC-H,CPMA,CEMC,CPC- I, and Judy Wilson, CPC, CPC-H, CPCO, CPC-P, CPPM, CPCI, CANPC, CMRS, examine the similarities and differences between coding in the two settings.
Radiation oncology uses high-energy radiation to shrink or kill tumors or cancer cells with minimal harmful effects to healthy surrounding cells. To correctly code for radiation oncology services, coders need to understand the various elements of the treatment.
In the coding world, it’s a never-ending clash that can cause compliance concerns—facility vs. professional. Kimberly Anderwood Hoy, JD, CPC , and Peggy Blue, MPH, CPC, CCS-P, explain how coders in each setting use different codes for the exact same services based on the payment systems, the rules, and how each setting applies those rules.
The biggest operational change for outpatient facilities for 2013 does not appear in the 2013 OPPS final rule. Instead, CMS announced changes to reporting therapy services in the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule.
Misusing modifier -25 (significant, separately identifiable evaluation and management (E/M) service by the same physician on the same day of the procedure or other service) can be an expensive proposition. Sarah L. Goodman, MBA, CHCAF, CPC-H, CCP, FCS, and Debbie Mackaman, RHIA, CHCO, explain how to determine when an E/M service is significant and separately identifiable.
Misusing modifier -25 (significant, separately identifiable E/M service by the same physician on the same day of the procedure or other service) can be an expensive proposition. Just ask Georgia Cancer Specialists I, a leading oncology practice in Atlanta.