Review ICD-10-CM codes for age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma and the 2021 updates to Chapter 7 of the ICD-10-CM manual, “Diseases of the Eye and Adnexa.” Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Familiarize yourself with notable code updates in the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule, including new E/M reporting guidelines and CPT® codes for lung biopsies, auditory testing, and chronic care management.
Medicare’s rules for reporting blood products and applying the Part B blood deductible can be confusing. Judith L. Kares, JD , writes about unique HCPCS reporting and billing rules for blood products and related services reimbursed under the OPPS.
The 2021 MPFS proposed rule, released August 3, introduces new policies under the Quality Payment Program (QPP) including plans to delay implementation of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System Value Payment (MVP) model and introduce 108 new quality measures.
Review digestive anatomy and ICD-10-CM coding for common diseases of the digestive tract including diverticulitis, cholecystitis, and abdominal adhesions. Also look at new codes to be added to Chapter 11: Disease of the Digestive System of the ICD-10-CM manual on October 1. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
CMS released the calendar year (CY) 2021 MPFS and OPPS proposed rules on August 3, introducing new CPT codes, reducing the PFS conversion factor by nearly 11%, and seeking commentary on how to gradually eliminate the inpatient only list.
Bill Wagner, CHPS, CPCO , unpacks findings from a survey conducted by KIWI-TEK, a medical coding company in Indianapolis, that asked 157 coders how the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted their finances, workflow, and career prospects.
Familiarize yourself with proposed updates to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), including plans to significantly revise the E/M coding guidelines and extend telehealth flexibilities beyond the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC) reported that several outpatient claims did not meet medical necessity requirements for hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy for diabetic wounds of the lower extremities, according to the July 2020 Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter .
CPT® coding for respiratory procedures can be challenging, given the structural complexity of the upper and lower respiratory tracts. Refresh your knowledge of respiratory anatomy and CPT reporting of angiographies, laryngoscopies, and endotracheal intubations. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Cathy Farraher Nakhoul, RN, BSN, MBA, CCM, CCDS , describes simple actions you can take to show appreciation for providers and make education unobtrusive during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.
Coding managers: Take steps to effectively prepare staff for the transition to the new E/M guidelines, scheduled to take effect January 1. Review advice from coding experts on updating patient forms, medical record software, and rethinking your workflow to prepare staff for the changes to come.
The American Medical Association (AMA) recently announced a new CPT® code for reporting antigen testing performed on patients suspected of being infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The new code is intended to improve reporting of antigen tests using an immunofluorescent or immunochromatographic technique for detection of COVID-19.
Q: A child presents to the ED with a closed fracture of his left hand. The physician performs a two-view hand x-ray that shows a small fracture. The physician reduces the fracture and performs a one-view x-ray to ensure alignment. Which CPT® codes and modifiers would be used to report the physician’s services?
Coders must apply modifiers to CPT codes for select services rendered during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency to ensure that providers are paid in full for documented work. This article details reporting of telehealth modifiers -95, -G0, and -GQ, and emergency modifiers -CR and -CS. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Recently published CMS guidance clarifies billing requirements for services rendered via telecommunications technology during the public health emergency. Valerie Rinkle, MPA, CHRI , breaks down the updated guidance as it applies to outpatient services provided at alternative care sites such as patient homes.