Don’t automatically presume a link between two conditions within a combination code in cases when a guideline requires that link to be explicitly documented, the latest version of the ICD-10-CM coding guidelines clarify.
Julia Hammerman, RHIA, CPHQ , and Sam Champagnie , explain how the newness and specificity of ICD-10 ushered in a stronger focus on clinical coding audits and how coding audit best practices shifted following implementation.
In Major Diagnostic Category 1, Diseases and Disorders of the Nervous System, which covers MS-DRGs 020-103, CMS made changes to the classification of the diagnoses of functional quadriplegia and precerebral occlusion or transient ischemic attack with the use of a thrombolytic, as well as for the insertion of a responsive neurostimulator system. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CCDS , writes about congestive heart failure and covers symptoms, coding best practices, and treatment for the disease using new ICD-10 for 2018.
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.
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.
Crystal Stalter, CDIP, CCS-P, CPC, writes that with the release of the 2018 IPPS final rule, hospitals around the country are poring over it to see what impact the changes might bring to their case-mix index, quality initiatives, and overall reimbursement. In the midst of this are coders and CDI specialists who need to be kept abreast of these changes.
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, says that with the news codes available October 1, coders will face significant changes in documentation and coding practices. He discusses some of the additional new codes, including type 2 diabetes mellitus with ketoacidosis and pulmonary hypertension.
Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CPC, CCS-P, CEMC , reviews coding guidelines, signs, and symptoms of gastroparesis and helps coders avoid tricky guidance that can lead to reporting errors. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Q: Our team had a recent case that involved a small midline episiotomy which extended to a second-degree laceration which was repaired with 3-0 vicryl rapide sutures. Would we code the episiotomy and repair or just the repair, and why?
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.