CMS added new guidance to the CPT Manual to clarify imaging documentation for codes that include both procedural and imaging guidance. This article outlines these regulatory changes and implications for outpatient coders and providers.
CMS recently released Transmittal 4246 , revising language in Chapter 13 of the Medicare Claims Processing Manual regarding the billing of E/M codes on the same date of service as superficial radiation treatment delivery.
Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer in American men, according to the American Cancer Society. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, RHIA, CCS-P, CPC-I , writes about CPT coding for rectal exams and a new prostate specific antigen (PSA) immunoassay test used to detect early indications of prostate cancer, as well as ICD-10-CM codes used to support medical necessity for these services.
Outpatient coders and billers must be able to interpret potentially confusing documentation elements for drug administration services and know what to do when key elements, such as infusion time, are missing from an order. Review CMS guidance on the accurate reporting and billing of intravenous drug administration services for calendar year 2019. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
CMS recently released an MLN Matters article to inform hospitals and Medicare Administrator Contractors of new system changes, effective July 1, that ensure organ acquisition costs are not included in the IPPS payment calculation for claims that group to a non-transplant MS-DRG.
Joe Rivet, JD, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, CICA, CPMA, CAC, CACO, explains that reporting sepsis has long been a challenge for many coders even with the continual release of Coding Clinics and guideline revisions. In this article, Rivet reviews common coding traps for this condition including reporting urosepsis, severe sepsis, and sepsis on admission.
Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, reviews ICD-10-CM/PCS cardiac coding for American Heart Month and writes that since accurate coding improves data quality for these conditions, which in turn is used for statistics and tracking trends, ensuring the disease process is captured correctly is imperative. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
CDI professionals can improve documentation and data scores via a mortality review process. This article discusses the various types of mortality reviews and publicly reported data and gives tips on how to implement a successful mortality review process.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued court-ordered briefs in which each defends its respective position in a federal 340B payment lawsuit. The case was brought against HHS by multiple hospital groups to reverse Medicare payment cuts for drugs purchased through CMS' 340B drug discount program.
Q: A physician performs a hemiarthroplasty for a hip fracture. Would this procedure be reported with CPT code 27125 (hemiarthroplasty, hip, partial [e.g., femoral stem prosthesis, bipolar arthroplasty])?
Arthroscopic procedures allow surgeons to use minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques to treat conditions which previously required more intensive, open surgery. Learn about orthopedic anatomy and terminology and CPT guidelines for reporting arthroscopic hip and knee procedures. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Using financial penalties to reduce hospital readmissions has been linked to a significant rise in post-discharge mortality for patients with heart failure and pneumonia, according to a recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Denise Wilson, RN, MS, RRT, and Karla Hiravi, RN, BSN, explore why coding and clinical denials for acute kidney injury (AKI) and acute tubular necrosis (ATN) are different and the importance of different appeal strategies.
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, HCS-D, reviews Coding Clinic , Fourth Quarter 2018, advice surrounding body mass index reporting and how new advice conflicts with previous guidance. McCall also reviews payment methodologies and the official guideline updates for this condition. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Q: What is the difference between ICD-10-CM code I24.8 (other forms of acute ischemic heart disease) and code I21.A1 (myocardial infarction type 2)? In which situation would each of these codes be reported?
Julian Everett, BSN, RN, CDIP, details her experience reviewing pediatric mortality cases for the first time and gives tips on how the different revenue cycle departments can work together to improve their processes and outcomes.