Inpatient facilities received mixed news on proposed changes to the list of complications and comorbidities (CC) and major CCs (MCC) in the fiscal year (FY) 2013 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule , released August 1.
Many coders can quickly quote the code for diabetes mellitus in ICD-9-CM (code 250.00) when the physician only documents diabetes mellitus. But what will coders need in the documentation for diabetes mellitus in ICD-10-CM? Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCDS, Jill Young, CPC, CEDC, CIMC, and Donna Smith, RHIT, dissect the differences in coding for diabetes mellitus in ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM.
Cross-training coders has definitive short-term advantages, such as enhancing staff coverage during holidays and vacations and increasing the department's ability to handle periods of fluctuation in certain bill types. But coding managers might not realize that these benefits can also help hospitals with long-term preparation for ICD-10. Angie Comfort, RHIT, CCS, and Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, explain the benefits of cross training coders as ICD-10 approaches.
QUESTION: Our laboratory medical director sent out a notification to our medical staff, patient care departments, and order entry personnel that a physician order that read “CBC” or “CBC with differential” would be completed as a CBC with automated or manual differential and coded using CPT ® code 85025 (blood count; complete [CBC], automated [Hgb, Hct, RBC, WBC, and platelet count] and automated differential WBC count). Should we code 85025 when the order just reads CBC and when we do a manual differential with the CBC?
CMS is proposing two major changes as part of the 2013 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule , released July 6. One has to do with how CMS proposes to calculate APC relative weights and the other with the reimbursement level for separately payable drugs and biologicals without pass-through status.
An anesthesia provider faces plenty of challenges: cancelled anesthesia, failed medical direction, monitored anesthesia care, time issues, invasive line placement rules, and start/stop times. Judy A. Wilson, CPC, CPC-H, CPCO, CPC-P, CANPC, CPC-I, CMRS, reviews some of the common challenges coders face when reporting anesthesia services.
Pain is an expected component of injuries, illnesses, and surgical procedures. In some instances, however, the patient's pain is unexpected or is worse than predicted. Sometimes, the pain can last well beyond the time it should have resolved. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, CCS-P, CPC-H, CPC-I, and Susan E. Garrison, CHCA, CHCAS, CHC, PCS, FCS, CCS-P, CPAR, CPC, CPC-H, provide tips and guidance to help coders accurately report pain management diagnoses and procedures.
Coders can run into two types of edits that may require them to append modifier -59 (distinct procedural service) to override: National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits and medically unlikely edits (MUE). Sarah L. Goodman, MBA, CHCAF, CPC-H, CCP, FCS, and Susan E. Garrison, CHCA, CHCAS, CCS-P, CHC, PCS, FCS, CPAR, CPC, CPC-H, explain the differences between the edits and how to correctly determine when to override the edit.
QUESTION: The vendor for our cochlear implants has stated it’s standard to provide our operating suite with the cochlear device and two external speech processors. Should we report HCPCS Level II code L8614 (cochlear device, includes all internal and external components) for the one device and two external speech processors even though one processor is sent home with the patient? If so this means that we should charge the patient for the device and two processors as one price under revenue code 278.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the permanent alteration in the kidney’s ability to perform filtration and reabsorption functions. Patients with CKD can come into an outpatient clinic or may be admitted as an inpatient, either for the CKD or some other condition. Debra Lawson, CPC, PCS, and Jennifer E. Avery, CCS, CPC-H, CPC, CPC-I, explain the ICD-9-CM and CPT ® coding for CKD.
With the increased specificity required for ICD-10-CM coding, coders need a solid foundation in anatomy and physiology. To help coders prepare for the upcoming transition, we will provide an occasional article about specific anatomical locations and body parts as part of a larger series for ICD-10-CM preparation. This month’s column addresses the anatomy of the eye.
Emergency Departments (EDs) see a wide range of illnesses and injuries, from minor to major, which may require critical care. Lois E. Mazza, CPC, details how critical care is defined, what elements providers must document, and under what circumstances critical care can be coded for ED patients.
QUESTION: I've always coded labile hypertension with ICD-9-CM code 401.9 (unspecified essential hypertension) because I couldn't find a more specific one. My supervisor stated that I must use ICD-9-CM code 796.2 (elevated blood pressure reading without diagnosis of hypertension) because it means the patient's blood pressure was high without a history of hypertension. The physician's diagnosis is labile hypertension. What code would you use?
The Rh factor of positive and negative can lead to problems between a mother and the developing fetus, a condition known as mother-fetus incompatibility. In some cases, the mother must receive the Rho(D) immune globulin. Lori-Lynne A, Webb, COBGC, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA , explains the diagnostic and procedure coding options for Rho(D) immune globulin.
In coding, sometimes it really is brain surgery and coders need a strong understanding of the anatomy of the skull and brain in order to correctly report diagnoses and procedures. Cynthia Stewart, CPC, CPMA, CPC-H, CPC-I, discusses the anatomy of the brain and skull and guides coders through some brain surgery procedures.
An absence of start and stop times is one of the more frequent challenges that coders face when reporting injections and infusions. Denise Williams, RN, CPC-H, and Jugna Shah, MPH, highlight some other challenges to help coders determine how to code for injections and infusions.