A relatively small 2022 ICD-10-CM update will contain 14 codes of interest to pain management practices if the proposed changes go into effect October 1. Julia Kyles, CPC , unpacks proposed updates to ICD-10-CM codes for painful chronic conditions.
Joe Rivet, Esq., CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CICA, CHRC, CHPC, CHEP, CHC, CICA, CAC, CACO , describes upcoming changes to CMS’ prior authorization program, including expansion of the program to include two additional outpatient services, effective July 1.
CPT codes 63685 and 63688 for spinal neurostimulator procedures have been removed from the list of services that would require Medicare prior authorization when performed in a hospital outpatient department, CMS announced on May 13.
In the U.S., tympanostomy tube insertion is the most common ambulatory surgery performed on children under 15, according to StatPearls. Debbie Jones, CPC, CCA , reviews common types of ear infections and CPT coding for myringotomies with tympanostomy tube insertion. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 15 million people in the U.S. report experiencing acute joint pain due to arthritis. Shelley C. Safian, Ph.D., RHIA, CCS-P, reviews ICD-10-CM and CPT coding for lower extremity arthritis and procedures used to treat it.
The perinatal period begins before birth and ends 28 days after delivery. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , breaks down ICD-10-CM coding for fetal and newborn conditions originating in the perinatal period. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The monetary value of outpatient clinical documentation integrity (CDI) programs is increasing dramatically year after year. Read about steps your facility can take to create and maintain a successful outpatient CDI program.
Laura Evans, CPC , and Julia Kyles, CPC , break down potentially confusing updates to the 2021 E/M guidelines, including new definitions for technical terms and revised guidance for reporting diagnostic laboratory testing with interpretation.
CMS’ recently released fiscal year (FY) 2022 IPPS proposed rule includes 153 proposed ICD-10-CM code additions, mainly affecting reporting for immune effector cell-associated neurotoxicity syndrome, gastric intestinal metaplasia, and poisonings by cannabis and synthetic cannabinoids.
Facility E/M coding reflects the volume and intensity of resources utilized by the facility during patient encounters. Joe Rivet, Esq., CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, CICA, CPMA, CAC, CACO , describes how facilities can create internal guidelines and point systems for determining E/M level section. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Q: A patient receives Apligraf® (44 sq. cm) after subcutaneous wound debridement. Ten sq. cm is applied to a diabetic foot ulcer on the patient’s left heel and 20 sq. cm to an ulcer on the patient’s right ankle. What CPT codes would the facility use to report these services?
Essential newborn care includes services provided at the time of birth and over the first hours of life. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , writes about E/M coding for these routine obstetric services.
Viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHF) are infectious diseases that pose a great public health risk due to their epidemic potential. Debbie Jones, CPC, CCA , breaks down ICD-10-CM coding for four VHFs: Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, Ebola virus disease, Lassa fever, and Marburg virus disease. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Q: A patient is diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes mellitus and arteriosclerotic peripheral artery disease (PAD). Can we report ICD-10-CM code E11.51 with a code from subcategory I70.2- to describe affected vessels?
CMS recently added 24 audiology and speech-language pathology services to its list of telehealth services covered under Medicare during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). These services include speech, hearing, and swallowing assessments, and cognitive interventions.