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 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.
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.
Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, continues her review of the updated 2017 ICD-10-CM guidelines by explaining how changes to sections for laterality and non-provider documentation will impact coders and physicians. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription. Once you have set up your free registration, you can log in and access this article by clicking here.
Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, delves into chapter-specific guidance included in the updated 2017 ICD-10-CM guidelines, including changes for diabetes, hypertension, pressure ulcers, and more.
As more patients are being impacted by noncoverage of self-administered drugs, coders and billers need to know when and how to report drugs and drug administration services. Kimberly Anderwood Hoy, JD, CPC, and Valerie Rinkle, MPA, discuss the differences in how drugs are paid under Medicare Part A and Part B.
As charges become more specific to provide additional concrete and transparent cost data, providers must consider what procedures they routinely provide to patients and what procedures are specifically related to the patient's condition. Denise Williams, RN, CPC-H, and Kimberly Anderwood Hoy, JD, CPC, reveal tips for determining when to separately bill for ancillary bedside services provided to inpatients.
In many instances, payers may consider a drug to be self-administered in some circumstances but not in others. As a result, coders must pay special attention to how these drugs are used within their setting. Kimberly Anderwood Hoy, JD, CPC, and Valerie Rinkle, MPA, offer some tips and suggestions for reporting self-administered drugs and determining when the drug is integral to the service.