A spinal fusion is a major surgery used to fuse together two or more vertebrae so they can heal into a single bone. This article breaks down spinal anatomy and simplifies CPT and NCCI guidance for reporting spinal fusions. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Vestibular migraine is a common visual and neurological disorder that can be difficult to diagnose as symptoms of the disorder resemble those of other conditions such as vestibular neuritis and Meniere’s disorder. In this article, Debbie Jones, CPC , reviews clinical indications of vestibular migraine disorder and CPT coding for diagnostic tests used to assess vestibular functioning.
Yvette DeVay, MHA, CPC, CPMA, CIC, CPC-I, writes that in the 2018 OPPS final rule, CMS removed total knee arthroplasty (TKA) from the inpatient-only (IPO) list, effective January 1, 2018. Although some guidance was provided at the time, providers and physicians alike were left confused with a significant number of questions regarding documentation and inpatient status.
Members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create national coding guidelines for ED visits by 2022, following an April 4 meeting.
Joe Rivet, JD, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, CICA, CPMA, CAC, CACO, writes that proper reporting and documentation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) will help ensure accurate MS-DRG assignment and strengthen cases during inpatient audits. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Q: I know that the tumor, nodes, and metastasis (TNM) staging system can be used for ICD-10-CM coding purposes, but I’ve never used it before. As an inpatient coding professional, should I know how this system works and how to apply it?
A transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is an interventional cardiology procedure that has proven to be an important life-saving cardiac intervention frequently seen by inpatient coders. In this article, Stephen Houlahan, RN, MSN, MBA, CCDS, reviews TAVR history, clinical background, and documentation and reimbursement methodologies to ensure proper education and compliance for facilities.
Sepsis is a leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals, but in most of cases, sepsis alone may not be the true cause of the majority of inpatient, septic hospital deaths, according to recent research published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Cheryl Manchenton, RN, explains CMS’ Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program (HACRP) and says inpatient coding professionals can play a significant role in HACRP success by understanding the basis for hospital-acquired condition scores and ensuring that documentation and coding accurately and fully captures patient conditions and complications.
Coders often wonder how to define realistic productivity benchmarks. Different facilities establish the responsibilities and expectations of their coding teams, so productivity standards are not uniform.Coders often wonder how to define realistic productivity benchmarks. Different facilities establish the responsibilities and expectations of their coding teams, so productivity standards are not uniform.
Telehealth services are likely to promote health, wellness, and disease management, providing an avenue to offer efficient, high-quality care while supporting value-based care in a cost-effective manner. Although the benefit of telehealth is obvious and its value is continually highlighted by CMS, it appears the services are underutilized.
Providers will find significant leeway in how they can approach and report advance care planning services for physicians given CMS’ open-ended coding requirements, which should push the already strong growth of the codes to new heights.
Hospital coders must develop and adhere to internal E/M coding guidelines and CPT guidance to accurately report visits to the ED. In addition, because ED coding encompasses professional and facility billing, they may need to scour provider documentation to determine the correct E/M service level for both bill types.
Anemia is the most common blood disorder, affecting more than 3 million Americans per year, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. In this article, Joel Moorhead, MD, PhD, CPC , reviews documentation and ICD-10-CM coding for anemia.