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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Providers will find immediate opportunity to provide virtual visits to patients enrolled in Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans as CMS seeks to facilitate screening and treatment of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.
The AMA announced that its CPT® editorial panel expedited approval of a unique CPT code to report laboratory testing services for COVID-19. The new code supports the urgent public health need for streamlined reporting of testing for the virus.
Given the frequency with which wound procedures are performed, and the expenses associated with their performance, it’s essential that coders have a clear understanding of how to accurately report CPT codes for these services. Review 2020 CPT codes for wound repairs and grafting procedures. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Approximately 12% of Americans suffer from migraine headaches, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. In this article, Shelley C. Safian, PhD, RHIA, CCS-P, CPC-I, reviews coding for migraine headaches and their treatment, including CPT reporting of drug-free alternative treatment options.
Hemorrhoids are the third most common outpatient gastrointestinal diagnosis in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Debbie Jones, CPC, CCA , writes about symptoms of hemorrhoids and CPT coding for treatment.
Coders will find a wide range of CPT and HCPCS Level II codes that have been assigned medically unlikely edits (MUE) this year. Review new MUE values that went live January 1 for codes involving drug injections as well as E/M, radiology, and therapy services.
Providers need to clean up coding for electro-acupuncture devices, according to CMS. In Special Edition MLN Matters 20001, the agency noted that some providers are incorrectly coding these devices using HCPCS Level II code L8679 (implantable neurostimulator, pulse generator, any type).
When reporting CPT codes for spinal excisions and decompression procedures, coders must consider the approach used, spinal levels operated on, number of providers involved, and more. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.