The U.S. has experienced extreme weather events in recent years, including cataclysmic hurricanes and tornadoes. Terry Tropin, MSHAI, RHIA, CCS-P , explains how coders should use and sequence external cause codes in ICD-10-CM for injuries caused by these storms. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule received more than 17,000 stakeholder comments. Julie Kyles, CPC , highlights some of the major concerns that commenters expressed, such as requests for more telehealth policy flexibility and community health integration services.
Critical care coding can challenge both new and seasoned coders. Jessica Miller-Dobbs, CPC, CPC-P, CGIC , offers tips and clarification on reporting critical care services in CPT, as well as sample provider documentation for these services.
AMA published the 2024 CPT code set with 349 total editorial changes, including 230 additions, 49 deletions, and 70 revisions. The press release announced revisions for immunization/administration sections, E/M clarification, and new Spanish procedure descriptions.
The 2024 ICD-10-CM update brings almost 400 code changes, including new codes for sickle-cell retinopathy and orbital muscle entrapment. This article delves into the causes, symptoms, and reporting methods for these two ocular conditions. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
CMS updated its E/M Services Guide in August, reflecting changes for E/M services that went into effect January 1. The guide includes plain-language explanations of policy changes, but some do not align perfectly with AMA guidance.
CMS recently proposed to pay for certain currently bundled caregiver training service CPT codes and three new CPT codes that, if finalized, will be established January 1. Review the criteria of defining a caregiver and which caregiver training services apply.
Providers and coders alike can find NCCI policies challenging to apply. Denise Williams, COC, CHRI , explains the basics of NCCI by defining the initiative, edits, modifiers, and clinical procedure examples.
Q: Our coding department has a longstanding issue with physicians not presenting enough information to properly report CPT debridement services for ulcers, resulting in queries and denials. What do you recommend?
CMS recently released a national coverage determination update to the Medicare Claims Processing Manual . This update covers new requirements for CPT coding associated with acupuncture and dry needling services.
In this article, the author takes a closer look at CMS’ 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule—specifically a proposal to allow new providers to perform and bill behavioral health codes, offer providers new service categories, and give a code-valuation adjustment.
As coders witness annually, the ICD continues to evolve over its decades of use. This article covers the history of disease classification, current coding techniques, and possible future technologies of the industry. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving treatment used when the heart or lungs cease to function. Whether CPR is conducted alone or with other services, Nancy Reading, RN, CPC, CPC-P , covers the various ways that CPR can be reported and how to do so.
Terry Tropin, MSHAI, RHIA, CCS-P , reviews the biggest changes to the 2024 ICD-10-CM guidelines and tabular list set to take effect October 1, including deletions of certain COVID-19 screening guidelines, and additional direction for new resistant hypertension and myocardial infarction codes.
CMS recently published a summary of its second quarter 2023 HCPCS Level II code update application decisions, accepting 16 of 24 submissions. Many of the changes addressed in the announcement have an effective date of October 1, but one code revision and one code discontinuation will take effect before then.
As the summer temperatures continue to soar worldwide, so does the number of patients with heat-related illnesses (HRI). This article defines common HRIs and includes guidance on how to report them correctly in ICD-10-CM. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
While taking time to relax is important, professionals must seize all opportunities to prepare for updates. Connie White, CPC, CPAR , reviews the process her team at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia takes to prepare for annual CPT code changes.