CMS recently published details on prior authorization requirements, established by the 2020 OPPS final rule, for select hospital outpatient department (HOPD) services, scheduled to go into effect July 1.
Outpatient coders must be able to assign E/M codes for the providers’ work and resources utilized by the facility during emergency visits. This article takes a close look at facility E/M coding and payment for visit services rendered in Type A and Type B emergency departments (ED). Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
CMS on April 30 released an interim final rule with regulatory relief for hospital outpatient departments. In this article, Kimberly A. Hoy, JD, CPC , reviews Medicare provisions that allow outpatient departments to bill services at alternate locations during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.
Changes to office E/M guidelines, effective January 1, 2021, will give providers the option to code based on the total time they spend on a patient’s care per date of service. Prepare for these changes by reviewing rules for time-based E/M documentation and code selection.
Physician practices have started reopening to patients but are not expecting a return to normal anytime soon. They continue to struggle with staffing shortages and lost revenue due to COVID-19 restrictions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.