Q: We are finding that physician documentation is lacking for vaping-related lung injuries at our hospital, making it hard to report the condition accurately. What can our coding team do to remedy this situation, and how do we accurately report vaping-related lung injuries in ICD-10-CM?
Q: A physician performed a pleural catheter flush using saline with manual clearance of clots under ultrasound guidance. Should we bill an E/M code for an outpatient office visit or report this using other CPT codes?
Q: Our coding department was told there were changes made for fiscal year (FY) 2020 when it comes to reporting healed/healing pressure ulcers and pressure-induced deep tissue damage. Can you explain any recent updates?
Q: I’ve heard conflicting information about reporting uncertain diagnoses. Do the ICD-10-CM diagnoses need to be documented in the discharge summary/final progress note or can they be coded from an earlier progress note?
Q: Physicians at our hospital use the terms bacteremia and sepsis interchangeably despite each having distinct ICD-10-CM codes. How should we address this issue, and what should we do when we need to query?
Q: A patient presents for routine obstetrical (OB) care following a vaginal delivery. During the visit, the provider performs a postpartum depression screening. Should the depression screening be charged separately from the global OB visit service?
Q: When a diabetic patient has arteriosclerotic peripheral artery disease (PAD), should an additional ICD-10-CM code be assigned from subcategory I70.2- (atherosclerosis of native arteries of extremities) to describe the affected vessel and laterality?
Q: Does a psychiatrist need to document a physical examination and a review of prescriptions in order to support the reporting of CPT code 90792 (psychiatric diagnostic evaluation with medical services)?
Q: We had a patient with Type 2 diabetes who was admitted for hypoglycemia with metabolic encephalopathy. The patient also had stage 2 chronic kidney disease (CKD) and a diagnosis of hypertension (HTN). Which ICD-10-CM codes should we assign for this patient’s encounter?
Q: Our coding team saw that there is a new section for radiation therapy in the FY 2020 ICD-10-PCS Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting . Can you explain the recent changes made to this section?
Q: We recently had a patient who was admitted with sepsis and the physician documented sepsis, a urinary tract infection (UTI) related to a chronic Foley catheter, and pneumonia. Can we report sepsis first instead of the complication code, or is the complication always first?