On January 1, new patient office visit code 99201 will be deleted from the CPT code set and coders will find revised descriptors for E/M codes 99202-99205 and 99211-99215. Read about how these changes will impact E/M leveling, medical decision-making (MDM), and code selection for outpatient visits.
Strabismus is one of the most common eye problems in children, according to Stanford Children’s Health. In this article, Debbie Jones, CPC, CCA , details ICD-10-CM coding for strabismus and CPT coding for surgical treatments used to correct eye misalignment.
CMS continues to focus on site-neutral payment policies and keeping payments down for 340B-acquired drugs in the 2021 OPPS proposed rule, released in early August. Read about these proposals which if finalized, will impact hospital billing and payment starting January 1.
Outpatient coders should be familiar with CPT reporting for knee surgeries based on information in the operative note. This article reviews the anatomy of the knee joint and CPT coding for arthroscopic and reconstructive procedures used to visualize and treat common knee conditions. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The final 2021 CPT, ICD-10-CM, and ICD-10-PCS code sets were released last week, introducing new, revised, and deleted codes for diagnostic and procedural services and accompanying guideline changes. Read up on the changes, which will impact payment for hospital services in 2021.
CMS is moving forward for E/M changes for physician billing according to the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Read about those changes, as long as a preview of new CPT codes that will be added for 2021.
CMS released the calendar year (CY) 2021 MPFS and OPPS proposed rules on August 3, introducing new CPT codes, reducing the PFS conversion factor by nearly 11%, and seeking commentary on how to gradually eliminate the inpatient only list.
This article details CDI quality review processes from various hospitals, some of which zero in on patient safety indicator and mortality cases to improve their facility’s severity of illness and rate of mortality scores.
In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency, CMS has expanded patient access to telehealth services, allowing beneficiaries to receive a wide range of services without having to visit a healthcare facility.
CPT® coding for respiratory procedures can be challenging, given the structural complexity of the upper and lower respiratory tracts. Refresh your knowledge of respiratory anatomy and CPT reporting of angiographies, laryngoscopies, and endotracheal intubations. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Coders must apply modifiers to CPT codes for select services rendered during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency to ensure that providers are paid in full for documented work. This article details reporting of telehealth modifiers -95, -G0, and -GQ, and emergency modifiers -CR and -CS. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Coding managers: Take steps to effectively prepare staff for the transition to the new E/M guidelines, scheduled to take effect January 1. Review advice from coding experts on updating patient forms, medical record software, and rethinking your workflow to prepare staff for the changes to come.
CMS recently issued a major update to frequently asked questions (FAQ) on COVID-19 fee-for-service billing issues. The bulk of the new FAQs concerns hospitals and the ability to invoke various waivers in order to deliver services to patients in their homes using telecommunications technologies.
Physicians and facilities use the same codes to report E/M levels for ED services, but follow different rules. Outpatient coders must be able to assign E/M codes for both physicians’ work and resources utilized by the facility during emergency visits.
Changes to office E/M guidelines, effective January 1, 2021, will give providers the option to code based on the total time they spend on a patient’s care per date of service. Prepare for these changes by reviewing rules for time-based E/M documentation and code selection.
Outpatient coders must be able to assign E/M codes for the providers’ work and resources utilized by the facility during emergency visits. This article takes a close look at facility E/M coding and payment for visit services rendered in Type A and Type B emergency departments (ED). Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.