CMS released the fiscal year 2018 IPPS proposed rule April 14, and with it came a bevy of new potential ICD-10-CM codes. Explore the new additions to the ophthalmologic, non-pressure chronic ulcer, maternity and external cause codes ahead of implementation October 1.
CMS released four new resources in early April on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, one of two new payment options under the Quality Payment Program initiative created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.
April marks sexually transmitted infections month, and Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CPC, CCS-P, CEMC , gets in the spirit by breaking down the staging, diagnosis, and treatment of syphilis before examining how to code the disease in ICD-10-CM. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
HCCs are the basis for risk adjustments for reimbursement models like Medicare Advantage, accountable care organizations, and other value-based purchasing measures such as Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary. Poor understanding and application of HCCs mean that a hospital’s patients may be much sicker in reality than they appear to be on paper, and that will hit reimbursement hard.
Accurate clinical documentation is the bedrock of the legal medical record, billing, and coding. It is also the most complex and vulnerable part of revenue cycle because independent providers must document according to intricate and sometimes vague rules.
Q: The CPT Assistant advice on how to apply modifier -59 to CPT code 29874 (knee arthroscopy with removal of loose/foreign body) seems to conflict with NCCI edits. Do the NCCI edits override the advice in CPT Assistant ?
Audited hospitals generally applied modifier -59 (distinct procedural service) incorrectly when billing for outpatient right heart catheterizations and heart biopsies provided during the same encounter, leading to overpayments totaling approximately $7.6 million, according to a March report from the Office of Inspector General.
A benefit of the switch to ICD-10-CM is the ability to be as specific as possible about a patient’s condition, but the downside of this is that it can make coding fractures time-consuming and confusing. Knowledge of bone anatomy and how fracture codes work is therefore an invaluable asset in fracture coding.
Glands located throughout the body are responsible producing hormones and releasing chemicals into the bloodstream as part of the endocrine system. These glands help maintain many important purposes of the body, including metabolism, growth, and reproductive functions. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Q: We have trouble billing multiple units of injections and infusions – mostly CPT add-on codes 96375 and 96376–that are done during observation stays and exceed the medically unlikely edits number. What is the correct way to bill these and get paid?
In the second part of this two-part series on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), dive deeper into the four performance categories, their requirements, and their scoring parameters for the first year of MIPS reporting. This article also gives readers tips on what clinicians need to do to prepare for and participate in MIPS in 2017.
CMS released a new educational initiative , Connected Care , on March 15 to help raise awareness of the benefits of chronic care management services, as Medicare has recently added and started paying for these services.
In the first part of a two-part series on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), discover the basics of the MIPS program, understand who is eligible for 2017 participation, and navigate the scoring system for the first year of reporting.
The intersection of CMS’ packaged payment policy and the increasing volume of Medically Unlikely Edits (MUE) can be likened to a car crash waiting to happen. Hospitals are having valid, medically necessary claim lines denied – including charges and units below MUE limits. Providers can help stop the crash by ensuring their claims, CPT coding, medical necessity, and the units are all correct.
The human eye may be small, but it’s one of the most complex organ systems in the body. Review the anatomy of the eye and how to code for conditions affecting the system, including new details for 2017.
Q: Facilities often have two charges for services performed in an operating room (OR) suite. For example, a facility performs a colonoscopy and an esophagogastroduodenoscopy, which took a total of 20 minutes in the procedure room. The facility charged two set-up fees plus an additional five minutes of OR time. Would this be considered a duplicate charge?
With a new year underway, providers likely need to get a handle on some key new modifiers, as well as important changes to an existing modifier and the deletion of a modifier that previously raised a lot of questions and operational concerns.