With the addition of the two new telehealth service codes for 2019, providers now have 98 CMS-approved telehealth services to report. Yvette DeVay, MHA, CPC, CPMA, CIC, CPC-I , describes the two newest telehealth HCPCS codes and breaks down 2019 billing regulations surrounding telehealth.
Anthem announced that it may reject claims that contain a subsequent E/M service that’s linked to the same diagnosis as an earlier E/M encounter. Learn what Anthem’s modifier -25 policy means for providers and physician coders.
The most commonly reported CPT codes are getting a much-needed makeover. Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, writes about E/M code changes implemented this year and changes for implementation over the next two years.
Yvette DeVay, MHA, CPC, CPMA, CIC, CPC-I, writes that in the 2018 OPPS final rule, CMS removed total knee arthroplasty (TKA) from the inpatient-only (IPO) list, effective January 1, 2018. Although some guidance was provided at the time, providers and physicians alike were left confused with a significant number of questions regarding documentation and inpatient status.
Hospital coders must develop and adhere to internal E/M coding guidelines and CPT guidance to accurately report visits to the ED. In addition, because ED coding encompasses professional and facility billing, they may need to scour provider documentation to determine the correct E/M service level for both bill types.
Providers will find significant leeway in how they can approach and report advance care planning services for physicians given CMS’ open-ended coding requirements, which should push the already strong growth of the codes to new heights.
Coding for knee arthroscopies can be challenging, especially when procedures are performed in multiple compartments of the same knee. Read about anatomy and coding details required to accurately report these procedures.
Pay close attention to new CPT documentation and coding guidance for reporting radiological imaging. For example, a new paragraph titled “Imaging Guidance” in both the surgery and medicine guidelines advises that even when imaging guidance or supervision are included in a surgical procedure code, you must still follow the radiology documentation requirements in the CPT manual.
CMS has downgraded the supervision requirements for services performed by radiologist assistants working in medical practices, imaging centers, and radiology offices. Read about these 2019 changes to ensure accurate documentation and reporting for radiology services.
The 2019 CPT code update includes 19 code additions and three revisions to the cardiovascular section of the CPT Manual. These changes reflect advances in surgical treatment for cardiovascular conditions such as heart failure and aortic stenosis.
CMS hit the brakes on making imminent changes to the oft-used E/M code set that’s tied to billions of dollars in medical practice revenue. Review updates to E/M payment and documentation requirements effective January 1 and the extensive changes planned for implementation in 2021 under the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule.
Outpatient procedures involving anesthesia should be reported using five-digit CPT codes as well as applicable hospital modifiers. Review types of anesthesia administration and documentation elements required for accurate code assignment. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
E/M code assignment for hospital admissions based solely on the provider’s documentation of face-to-face-time spent with a patient can be confusing and requires a detailed understanding of CPT guidelines. Lori-Lynne A. Webb , CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , reviews reporting requirements for E/M visit levels based on the provider’s documentation of time and CPT coding for hospital admissions.
A common error and audit finding affecting providers is the lack of a physician order or physician signatures on medical documentation. Kimberly A. H. Baker, JD, CPC , reviews CMS guidance for physician signatures on medical documentation.
A July 2018 update to the OPPS clarifies that coders can report HCPCS code C9749 for an inherently bilateral procedure with modifiers -73 or -74 to indicate that the procedure was unilateral. Debbie Mackaman, RHIA, CPCO, CCDS, unpacks this seemingly contradictory guidance and addresses implications for coding and billing professionals.
Coding professionals will need to familiarize themselves with 2019 updates to the ICD-10-CM Manual , including significant changes to chapter two for neoplasms and chapter 5 for mental disorders. Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS , summarizes important 2019 ICD-10-CM updates , which will impact payment for claims submitted on or after October 1.
The fiscal year (FY) 2019 ICD-10-CM code update, released on June 11, includes 279 code additions, 143 revisions, and 51 invalidations. The number of changes is significantly less than the past two years, which makes me think we are getting back to the “norm” of expected yearly changes.
Provider documentation must meet required standards to support the level of care provided. Rose Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA/CGMA, FACHE, FHFMA, CHPS , reviews payer guidelines and medical necessity requirements under Medicare for services performed in the outpatient setting.
Hospital systems need to be watchful for CMS proposals that will impact payment for drugs and drug therapies in 2019 and beyond. Jugna Shah, MPH, reviews the potential implications of recent CMS actions, such as the publication of the 2019 IPPS proposed rule and the overhaul of 340B drug payment program.
A recent report from the Office of Inspector General focuses on improper payments for specimen validity tests billed in combination with urine drug tests. Yvette DeVay, MHA, CPC, CPMA, CIC, CPC-I, reviews Medicare instructions and coding guidance for presumptive and definitive drug testing.
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), it is estimated that more than half a million people in the U.S. have Crohn’s disease. For unknown reasons, the disease has become more widespread in both the U.S. and other parts of the world.
Medical necessity documentation, or lack thereof, is one of the most common reasons for claim denials. This article describes how medical necessity impacts third-party payers and those who work in billing and reimbursement services.
Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CCDS , writes about discussions at the 2017 AMA CPT Symposium that could impact coders, including issues with the Table of Risk for E/M office visit codes and suggestions for E/M guideline revisions. This article is part two in a series.
One of the most memorable sessions at the AMA CPT Symposium in November 2017 involved an impromptu open mic feedback session facilitated by CMS’ Marge Watchorn, deputy director of the Division of Practitioner Services. The focus of this session was the applicability of the current CMS documentation guidelines for E/M services.
In the current healthcare climate, the issue of medical necessity documentation, or lack thereof, is one of the most common reasons for claim denials. For a service to be considered medically necessary (by a third-party payer), it must be considered a reasonable and necessary service to diagnose and/or treat a patient’s current and/or chronic medical condition.
Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CCDS , writes about discussions at the AMA CPT Symposium that could impact coders, including the need for updates to CMS’ E/M Documentation Guidelines and how medical decision making is used as a key component for E/M reporting.
Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced, a new voluntary bundled payment model launched by CMS in January, includes 32 clinical episodes encompassing both inpatient admissions and outpatient procedures. Yvette DeVay, MHA, CPC, CPMA, CIC, CPC-I , writes about participation criteria, payment calculations, and quality measures for this program.
In recent years, numerous pieces of legislation have been passed to limit healthcare spending, combat losses due to fraud, and ensure that dollars are being spent on quality care. Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP , describes different watchdog programs created to promote billing compliance and quality of care.
In this article, Valerie A. Rinkle, MPA, offers guidance regarding the 340B drug discount program. She provides tips for accurate documentation of drug purchases and reviews frequently asked questions about billing for 340B-acquired drugs in 2018.
Complying with healthcare regulations within a coding department or physician practice involves promoting a positive attitude toward activities such as self-monitoring and staying up-to-date with healthcare regulations. Follow these steps to adhere to sound business ethics and set expectations for behavior across an organization. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Updates to the 2018 CPT Manual , set to go into effect January 1, include several additions, revisions, and deletions to E/M and anesthesia procedural code sets. Familiarize yourself with these coding changes to aid in accurate reporting and prevent disruptions to the claims process. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
HCCs aren’t new, but for many organizations, their impact hasn’t been apparent until recently. Organizations must educate staff on HCCs to ensure success under reimbursement methodologies such as the Quality Payment Program and Merit-based Incentive Payment System reimbursement.
November, a month associated with the pleasure of eating, is also Stomach Cancer Awareness Month. In this article, Yvette M DeVay, MHA, CPC, CPMA, CIC, CPC-I, describes signs and symptoms of stomach cancer, and outlines best practices when assigning diagnostic and procedural codes for this disease.
Ovarian cysts may develop at any point in a woman's life and frequently occur with other medical diseases. In this article, Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC, details best practices when assigning ICD-10-CM/CPT codes for ovarian cyst diagnoses and procedures.
In order to accurately code for complex diseases and procedures of the brain, spinal cord, and sense organs, coders need a basic understanding of nervous system functionality. This article provides detailed information on nervous system anatomy and terminology, common brain and nervous system disorders, and recently introduced 2018 ICD-10-CM codes related to nervous system conditions.
In July, Utah pain doctor Jahan Imani, MD, and Intermountain Medical Management, P.C., entered into a nearly $400,000 settlement with the OIG to resolve allegations that Imani’s practice submitted false or fraudulent claims due to improper modifier use for payment by improperly using modifier -59 with HCPCS code G0431.
Documentation is crucial for the development of data reflecting the healthcare needs of domestic violence victims. Yvette DeVay, MHA, CPMA, CPC, CIC, CPC-I , explains how to properly screen for and code incidents of domestic violence.
E/M services are some of the most frequently used CPT codes, and they are also some of the most frequent examples of incorrect coding. One of the problem areas in selecting the proper E/M code is distinguishing between new and established patients. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The Quality Payment Program proposed rule seems to bring relief to providers anticipating escalation of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) requirements, but there are a plethora of reasons for coding professionals to start adapting their workflow for MACRA now. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
As CMS and third-party payers have looked for ways to treat patients in the outpatient setting and reduce inpatient volumes, CMS has used the 2-midnight rule, in addition to other methods, to treat patients as outpatients or in observation whenever possible.