CMS released the 2020 ICD-10-CM code set in May, adding 273 new codes effective for reporting beginning October 1. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, RHIA, CCS-P, COC , reviews new ICD-10-CM Z codes for factors influencing health status and Y codes for legal interventions.
A Medicare billing study recently published in The Journal of Hand Surgery found that provider reimbursement for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans of the upper extremities significantly decreased over the last decade.
Medicare appropriate use criteria (AUC) requirements, currently in a voluntary testing period, will become mandatory starting January 1, 2020. Denise Williams, COC, CHRI , shares insight and analysis on AUC reporting requirements to help facilities prepare for what’s to come.
The ICD-10-CM Manual lists hundreds of code options for mental disorders with unique characters to specify symptoms and complications. This article breaks down outpatient coding for commonly reported mental health conditions, psychiatric assessments, and psychotherapy. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The July 2019 quarterly update to the OPPS, released by CMS in late May, announces an effective date of July 1 for 20 CPT Category III codes and revises status indicators for CPT codes used to report imaging by magnetocardiography.
Q: A clinician documented "combination Type 1 and Type 2, diabetes mellitus in poor control." This condition is sometimes called Type 1.5 diabetes. What is the correct ICD-10-CM code assignment for Type 1.5 diabetes?
CMS recently released quarterly updates to the OPPS and Integrated Outpatient Code Editor (I/OCE), effective July 1. Judith Kares, JD , summarizes key coding and billing policy updates, including changes to APCs, status indicators, revenue code changes, and more.
The skin maintains homeostasis by generating new tissue in response disease or damage. Sometimes, however, surgical interventions are used lessen the severity of the wound and prevent infection. Review integumentary system anatomy and CPT coding for removals and repairs used to facilitate wound healing. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The use of ultrasound at the bedside, or within the office practice, has become more common in provider-based clinic settings. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , details documentation requirements and CPT and ICD-10-CM coding for diagnostic ultrasound services.
CMS released Transmittal 4313 on May 24 describing changes that will be implemented in the July 2019 quarterly update to the OPPS. These changes included several new HCPCS codes for reporting certain drugs and biologicals.
Because lower extremity diagnoses are often associated with issues in other parts of the body, assessing the severity of a patient’s podiatric condition can be challenging. Shelley Safian, PhD, RHIA, HCISPP, COC, CPC-I , reviews physician E/M coding for patients seeking treatment for foot and lower leg problems.
Learn how ICD-10-CM coding accuracy, specificity, and compliance impacts provider performance in each of the four performance categories under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
A May report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that some physician practices were at the root of basic coding errors that caused federal overpayments. Although the Essence audit was small, the findings have significant implications for physician coders.
Q: A physician orders a comprehensive metabolic panel and a quantitative blood sample to measure blood glucose level. How would a coder report these services using CPT codes, and what modifier would he or she use to indicate that the blood sample was performed separately from the panel?
At a Senate Committee on Finance hearing on May 8, physician groups urged Congress to work with CMS to improve the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) by establishing new performance measures and providing greater financial incentives for participating providers.
Diagnosis coding for skin ulcers can be particularly confusing as different kinds of ulcers have their own etiology and associated ICD-10-CM code. Review ICD-10-CM coding and reporting for venous, pressure, and diabetic skin ulcers. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
With the addition of the two new telehealth service codes for 2019, providers now have 98 CMS-approved telehealth services to report. Yvette DeVay, MHA, CPC, CPMA, CIC, CPC-I , describes the two newest telehealth HCPCS codes and breaks down 2019 billing regulations surrounding telehealth.
The month of May is designated Skin Cancer Awareness Month by the American Academy of Dermatology. In this article, Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, HCS-D , writes about ICD-10-CM/CPT coding for common types of skin cancer and their treatments.