The 2018 OPPS proposed rule is one of the shortest—and latest—in recent memory, being released July 13 at only 663 pages, but it contains major proposed policy changes for the 340B drug discount program, incorporates new modifiers, and expands packaging to drug administration for the first time.
The urinary system might not be one of the body systems people are most eager to discuss, but learning the anatomy of the urinary system is key in coding certain procedures, especially in the surgical and interventional radiology specialties. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
In the outpatient world, physicians are accustomed to seeing services as the key to reimbursement, but diagnoses and outcomes will increasingly factor into reimbursement as healthcare shifts toward value-based care. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Coding and billing for the transgender patient can be difficult even when society in general has become more aware of people who are transgender. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC, covers some of the challenges coders may face when filing claims for transgender patients.
E/M services are some of the most frequently used CPT codes, and they are also some of the most frequent examples of incorrect coding. One of the problem areas in selecting the proper E/M code is distinguishing between new and established patients. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is encouraging providers to decrease the number of cesarean section deliveries. According to Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, COBGC, CHDA, this means coders should brush up on their knowledge of how to code fetal intervention procedures for babies who are in a breech position.
The Quality Payment Program proposed rule seems to bring relief to providers anticipating escalation of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) requirements, but there are a plethora of reasons for coding professionals to start adapting their workflow for MACRA now. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
In late June, CMS released a major proposed rule that hospitals will need to pay attention to—and no, I don’t mean to say that CMS released the CY 2018 OPPS proposed rule early, though we’ve thought that might happen since it’s been at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for several months.
Every now and then, the HCPro Boot Camp instructors are asked similar questions on a specific billing issue from students and clients across the country. The old saying “there must be something in the water” often holds true, and it does in this case, especially regarding recent OIG audits.
As CMS and third-party payers have looked for ways to treat patients in the outpatient setting and reduce inpatient volumes, CMS has used the 2-midnight rule, in addition to other methods, to treat patients as outpatients or in observation whenever possible.
In the second part of a two-part series on SE1609, Valerie A. Rinkle, MPA , distinguishes between CPT code 96416 and HCPCS code G0498 for billing and reimbursement purposes while outlining how practices can achieve compliance with CMS’ current external pump policy.
CMS Special Edition article 1609 was released in April to clarify CMS’ policy on prolonged drug and biological infusions using an external pump. Valerie A. Rinkle, MPA , breaks down that article and discusses its billing and reimbursement implications in the first of this two-part series.
Modifier assignment can be a confusing task, and that work is sometimes made more difficult by encountering a set of modifiers which apply to the same circumstance with only one differentiating factor. A review of some of these modifiers, including modifiers -PO, -PN, -73, and -74, can be essential for accurate claims submissions. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
May was a busy month for telehealth in the political world on both the federal and state levels. This action serves as a reminder that expanded access will mean an increase in telehealth coding, but navigating eligibility requirements and coding regulations can be a challenge. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
CMS issued SE1609 to clarify long-standing policy concerning external infusion pumps. Apparently, both freestanding physician offices and outpatient hospital departments were treating external pumps as an item of durable medical equipment, even when the physician or hospital department set up the pump on the patient, supplied the drug, and programmed the infusion rate and dose into the pump.
CMS issued a change request to provide guidance to Medicare Administrative Contractors on the use of a new modifier to append to claims for dialysis treatments for end-stage renal disease exceeding the 13 or 14 monthly allowable treatments.
Podiatry coding can become complicated quickly, as a number of procedures can be performed on the same site or region of the foot. This means codes could easily run into NCCI edits or denials. One way to ensure physicians are reimbursed properly for provided services is to review NCCI edits pertaining to podiatry.