QUESTION: We are a nondialysis facility, so when a patient is in observation for some other reason and must undergo hemodialysis, we report code G0257 (unscheduled or emergency dialysis treatments for an ESRD [end stage renal disease] patient in a hospital outpatient department that is not certified as an ESRD facility). But how should we code peritoneal dialysis when a patient is in observation or inpatient for other problems? I have received three different codes from different coders. I cannot really find any information on this anywhere.
As hospitals develop more intensive training programs for ICD-10-CM/PCS, coordinators may want to consider how different learning styles will impact the effectiveness of these training sessions. Education has to work for everyone and one size does not necessarily fit all. Victoria Weinert, RHIT, CCS and Lora Ma explain how to get everyone moving in the same direction and prevent coders from going rogue.
We hear about physician engagement across and throughout all healthcare settings almost daily, so it’s nothing new. But it's important for the upcoming transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS. Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, RHIT, CCS, CCDS, offers suggestions for how to get your physicians engaged in the change.
Coders will need more information to correctly assign fracture codes in ICD-10-CM, but don’t fear. Most of that information is already in the medical record. Robert S. Gold, MD, Sandy Nicholson, MA, RHIA, and Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCDS, walk through what you need to know to code fractures in ICD-10-CM
Coders who are preparing for the upcoming transition to ICD-10-CM should note some significant changes to the coding guidelines for glaucoma coding as part of the 2012 updates to the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting .
The ultimate goal of fetal surveillance is to prevent fetal death. Part of this process is a fetal non-stress test (FNST), the monitoring of the fetal heart rate in response to fetal movement. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CHDA, CCS-P, CCP, CPC, COBGC, details what the FNST includes and how to code for it.
CMS added four new J codes for reporting drugs and biologicals that previously did not have specific codes available as part of the 2012 Outpatient Prospective Payment System updates ( Transmittal 2376 ).
QUESTION: The 2012 CPT ® Manual includes the typical time physicians spend at the bedside and on the patient’s hospital floor or unit for initial observation care codes 99218, 99219, and 99220. Do these codes only apply when the counseling and/or coordination of care support the respective 30/50/70 minutes of time? Do you know if CMS has published any new guidelines related to these times?
CMS decided not to cap outpatient payment rates for cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator procedures at the standardized inpatient rate as part of the calendar year 2012 Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule. In addition, CMS finalized several changes regarding payments for 11 cancer centers, drug payment calculations, and physician supervision. Jugna Shah, MPH, and Kimberly Anderwood Hoy, JD, CPC, explain the changes facilities will see in 2012.
The AMA added a total of 60 new codes throughout the surgery section of the 2012 CPT ® Manual , 18 of which appear in the cardiovascular and respiratory system subsections. The AMA also revised 86 codes and deleted 48 codes in the surgery section. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, MAOM/HSM, CCS-P, CPC-H, CHA, and Christi Sarasin, CCS, CCDS, CPC-H, FCS, highlight the significant changes for 2012.