CMS issued the proposed lists of new, revised, and invalidated ICD-10-CM codes May 11 in conjunction with the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule. The update will be significantly larger than the FY 2020 ICD-10-CM update if all the proposed changes are finalized.
Diagnosis codes for neurologic disorders are widespread throughout the ICD-10-CM manual. In this article, Joel Moorhead, MD, PhD, CPC , breaks down ICD-10-CM code selection for cerebrovascular diseases, transient cerebral ischemic attacks, and peripheral neuropathies.
Even experienced coders have difficulty adhering to CPT reporting guidelines for wound care procedures. Review Medicare’s medical necessity requirements for debridement procedures and CPT coding for wound care services delivered via interactive audio and video. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
CMS released an interim final rule with comment period on April 30 that grants organizations additional flexibilities to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 public health emergency, including permitting hospitals to bill for telehealth services and loosening restrictions on COVID-19 testing.
Practices that have experienced a shutdown or a near-shutdown during the COVID-19 national public health emergency need to adhere to state regulations for re-opening. In addition, they must consider the impact that re-opening would have on staff members and patients impacted by the pandemic.
To assign CPT codes for spinal procedures, coders need a solid understanding of spinal anatomy and procedural terminology. They must also be up to date on guidance from CMS and the American Medical Association for facility reporting of spinal surgeries. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O , takes a closer look at the main topics addressed in a recently published Coding Clinic Advisor FAQ, including ICD-10-CM coding for antibody testing, virus signs and symptoms, and comorbidities related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) enforcement discretion statement seems to open a whole new world of options for providers and patients. However, experts have warned providers that they can still get in a lot of trouble if they are not careful about how they use technology.
Providers have two new CPT codes to report for blood tests to check for the presence of COVID-19 antibodies. The codes, which allow for reporting of one- and two-step testing methods, took effect April 10, according to an American Medical Association (AMA) update.
Q: If laboratory results supporting a positive case of COVID-19 are included in the physician’s note for an emergency department visit, but the physician does not provide an interpretation of the laboratory results, would it be appropriate to report an ICD-10-CM code for a confirmed case of COVID-19?
Under the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, CMS has broadened access to telemedicine services during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read about how the interim final rule impacts reporting of telehealth visits, virtual check-ins, and e-visits. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
In part two of this two-part series on modifier -22, Lori-Lynne Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, CDIP, COBGC , reviews documentation considerations for increased procedural services and tips for the appropriate CPT reporting of this commonly misused modifier.
In its April update to the OPPS, CMS made effective new Proprietary Laboratory Analysis (PLA) codes for biochemical assays and billing codes for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) laboratory tests. Hospital coders should review these updates to ensure that they are selecting the most specific codes for these services. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Modifier -22 frequently causes compliance headaches for revenue cycle professionals. Lori-Lynne Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, CDIP, COBGC , reviews CPT reporting requirements for this commonly misused modifier to ensure that your physicians are being appropriately reimbursed for increased procedural work.
Over 330,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this article, Alba Kuqi, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CICA, CSCM , writes about the virus’s etiology and how to effectively document and code for COVID-19 diagnoses.
On March 31, the CDC updated the 2020 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting to include guidance for reporting the novel coronavirus and associated respiratory illnesses, effective April 1 through September 30.