Approximately 185,000 amputations occur in the U.S. each year, according to the Amputee Coalition. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , breaks down documentation and ICD-10-PCS coding for amputations of the upper and lower extremities. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
A recent Office of Inspector General audit estimates that Medicare improperly paid inpatient hospitals $267 million over a two-year period for transfer services incorrectly billed as discharges. Judith Kares, JD , analyzes documentation and billing rules for acute and post-acute transfers.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently performed a compliance audit of specific diagnosis codes billed by Anthem Community Insurance Company Inc. to CMS and found that the company submitted unsupported diagnosis codes for 123 of the 203 enrollee-years.
CMS offers hospitals some breathing room to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the 2022 IPPS proposed rule. Review proposed updates to complication/comorbidity (CC) and major CC classifications, and a proposed new MS-DRG rate-setting method aimed at alleviating hospital burden.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) performed a provider compliance audit of the Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and found that the hospital received overpayments of approximately $4.8 million between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017.
The evolution of the role of clinical documentation integrity (CDI) specialists and their impact on coders has changed the landscape of inpatient coding departments. Learn about how to effectively collaborate with CDI professionals when conducting physician queries.
A spinal fusion, or surgery to permanently connect two or more vertebrae in the spine, is sometimes necessary to correct spinal deformities and instability. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , breaks down ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding for fusion procedures. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Susan Belley, RHIA, CPHQ , and Audrey Howard, RHIA , analyze the frequently changing ICD-10-CM guidelines for reporting COVID-19 and related respiratory complications. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Spinal fusion procedures are reported using two different ICD-10-PCS tables, depending on the location of the vertebrae fused. Sarah Nehring, RHIT, CCS, CCDS , breaks down ICD-10-PCS coding for spinal fusions based on details in the operative note.
Monica Tyiska, MBA-PM, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CPMA, CHA, OHCC, CCP-P, offers advice for how organizations can improve hiring practices to ensure candidates from diverse backgrounds that represents the community are brought in.
Patients with chronic comorbid conditions are at heightened risk for readmission, lengthy hospital stays, and mortality. For these reasons and more, it’s important for CDI and even inpatient coding teams to understand risk adjustment.
Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCC) are used to represent risk scores for patients on Medicare Advantage plans. Learn why it’s important for organizations to understand how HCCs are used across settings.
Vaginal cuff dehiscence is a severe complication of a total hysterectomy. In this article, Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , writes about ICD-10-CM coding for vaginal cuff dehiscence and ICD-10-PCS coding for dehiscence repairs. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.