Items eligible for CMS’ New Technology Add-on Payment (NTAP) often yield high reimbursement but are prone to charging, coding, and billing errors. Learn about the NTAP designation and its impact on coding and billing processes.
Revenue leakage can be caused by a number of factors including late filings, inconsistent documentation, and inaccurate coding. Fran Jurcak, MSN, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O , describes proactive strategies that coding professionals can use to address mid-revenue cycle leakage.
CMS is proposing to hit pause on major changes to MS-DRG designations while considering numerous changes to quality reporting and value programs, according to the fiscal year 2023 IPPS proposed rule. Read up on CMS’ proposed updates, which will impact inpatient hospitals beginning October 1. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Coding managers should not assume that they can review every coding guideline, Coding Clinic , or coding-related issue targeted by the Office of Inspector General. Review considerations for conducting focused internal and external audits. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Monitoring coding accuracy enables coding managers to spot error trends that could result in claim denials. Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA, CHPS , describes two methods used to calculate coding accuracy based on a sample of claims.
Nancy Treacy, MPH, RHIA, CDIP, CCS , describes her team’s experience implementing a streamlined audit process and offers advice to help others do the same. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Computer-assisted coding (CAC) technology analyzes healthcare documentation and selects codes based on specific phrases and terms. Review the pros and cons of using this software to perform inpatient coding and billing functions. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
One of the biggest components of a leader’s role is to track, trend, and report on the department’s performance. Learn strategies for balancing priorities and time constraints and presenting key performance indicators to leadership.
According to Deanne Wilk, BSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CCDS-O, CCS, patient safety and quality of care are forerunning concerns for organizations today, and hospitals need to examine how and when they evaluate that quality of care in order to remain ethical and compliant.
Joe Rivet, Esq, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, CICA, CPMA, CAC, CACO , summarizes findings from recent Office of Inspector General audits that highlight improper billing of high-level inpatient stays. He also outlines steps hospitals can take to prevent billing errors due to upcoding.
CMS offers hospitals some breathing room to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the 2022 IPPS proposed rule. Review proposed updates to complication/comorbidity (CC) and major CC classifications, and a proposed new MS-DRG rate-setting method aimed at alleviating hospital burden.
About 1% of children in the U.S. suffer from chronic malnutrition, according to John Hopkin’s Medicine. In this article, Alba Kuqi, MD, CICA, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CSMC, MSHIM, RHIA, breaks down ICD-10-CM coding and documentation requirements for malnutrition.
In a year of unprecedented disruption and uncertainty, coding productivity managed to hold steady, according to the results of HCPro’s 2020 Coding Productivity Survey. Review the survey results, which provide data on facility coding productivity, accuracy benchmarks, and more.
Alicia Kutzer, Esq., LL.M., M.H.A , reviews CMS’ Interim Final Rule with Request for Comments (IFC) concerning coverage, billing, and payment for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics. This guidance is imperative for inpatient hospitals to evaluate to ensure proper documentation and reimbursement.
It’s more important than ever that organizations keep ahead of COVID-19 ICD-10-CM and MS-DRG audits and denials. The financial strain that many organizations are under makes it imperative that they minimize disruptions to revenue.
Trey La Charité, MD, FACP, SFHM, CCS, CCDS , writes about conflicting documentation and how coders and clinical documentation integrity specialists can resolve inconsistencies in provider documentation to prevent claim denials.
With much of the coding workforce working remotely, the inpatient coding manager must implement some control mechanisms to ensure the distractions at home are not interfering with the quality and quantity of work expected from the staff. In this article Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA, CHPS, gives suggestions on the various ways to monitor your remote coding staff, including tips for conducting coding reviews. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.