CMS Special Edition article 1609 was released in April to clarify CMS’ policy on prolonged drug and biological infusions using an external pump. Valerie A. Rinkle, MPA , breaks down that article and discusses its billing and reimbursement implications in the first of this two-part series.
CMS released the final 2018 ICD-10-CM codes on its website on June 13, and the release contained more code changes than expected following a preview of the new code set in April’s 2018 IPPS proposed rule.
Modifier assignment can be a confusing task, and that work is sometimes made more difficult by encountering a set of modifiers which apply to the same circumstance with only one differentiating factor. A review of some of these modifiers, including modifiers -PO, -PN, -73, and -74, can be essential for accurate claims submissions. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
In the second part of a two-part series on SE1609, Valerie A. Rinkle, MPA , distinguishes between CPT code 96416 and HCPCS code G0498 for billing and reimbursement purposes while outlining how practices can achieve compliance with CMS’ current external pump policy.
There is an extensive list of coverage requirements that must be met to furnish outpatient services to Medicare beneficiaries. Gina M. Reese, RN, JD, CPHRM , discusses some of the trickier issues that facilities will need to audit more carefully while monitoring for compliance in provider-based departments.
May was a busy month for telehealth in the political world on both the federal and state levels. This action serves as a reminder that expanded access will mean an increase in telehealth coding, but navigating eligibility requirements and coding regulations can be a challenge. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
CMS released a change request May 30 describing modifications which will be implemented in the July 2017 quarterly update to the OPPS. These changes include new ophthalmologic and maternal care codes as well as a handful of new drug codes.
The Ochsner Health System in Louisiana revolutionized the way its clinical documentation excellence (CDE) team captures annual hierarchical condition categories for all patients across its vast system. Now, Ochsner can serve as a case study to educate others on how to create an outpatient focus on CDI in an increasingly risk-adjusted world.
Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week began on Mother’s Day and aimed to raise awareness of the dangers of substance abuse during pregnancy. In honor of this awareness week, Yvette DeVay, MHA, CPC, CIC, CPC-I , discusses fetal alcohol syndrome disorders and ICD-10-CM coding for the condition.
Traditionally, the OPPS rulemaking cycle has been the main vehicle for changes to outpatient coding and billing regulations and policy that hospitals need to pay attention to. But Jugna Shah, MPH , writes that, increasingly, CMS has been introducing or discussing changes relevant to outpatient hospitals beyond the scope of the OPPS rules.
CMS issued a change request to provide guidance to Medicare Administrative Contractors on the use of a new modifier to append to claims for dialysis treatments for end-stage renal disease exceeding the 13 or 14 monthly allowable treatments.
Podiatry coding can become complicated quickly, as a number of procedures can be performed on the same site or region of the foot. This means codes could easily run into NCCI edits or denials. One way to ensure physicians are reimbursed properly for provided services is to review NCCI edits pertaining to podiatry.
Coding plays a large role in claims and therefore is a key factor in reimbursement compliance. As such, coders have a responsibility to be as accurate and up-to-date on coding practices as possible. Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA, CHPS , explores some of the organizations and regulatory bodies available to assist coders.
Q: What are the documentation requirements for a continuous infusion for an observation patient, especially spanning the midnight hour? We often see rate change or rate verification notations during continuously running infusions, but would a start and stop time be required or expected for each bag change?
Wound care can be messy, but reimbursement and billing for wound care does not need to be as troublesome if coding and documentation are done correctly. One of the bedrocks in billing for wound care is ensuring medical necessity, and there are a few tricks and standards to learn about medical necessity in order to stay compliant. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
As physicians and society debate the rising incidence and devastating effects of opioid dependency, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and the use and abuse of other mood-altering chemicals, James Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP , explains how providers must partner together to define, diagnose, document, and report drug-related events so that ICD-10-CM-dependent administrative data can accurately measure its epidemiology, responses to treatment, and consequences.
CMS released a change request April 28 which provides guidance for Medicare Administrative Contractors on how to ensure accurate program payment for moderate sedation services provided as part of screening colonoscopies.