Peggy Blue, MPH, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC , writes that due to the frequency of diagnoses and treatments for breast cancer, it’s more important than ever for inpatient coders to make sure they are reporting these diagnoses and procedures with the utmost accuracy. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
CMS released the fiscal year 2020 IPPS proposed rule in April, which addressed various requests for MS-DRG designations, and in particular, the request for a new MS-DRG designation for chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapies that CMS subsequently denied.
Sarah Nehring, CCS, CCDS, says that from the inpatient coding and CDI perspective, sepsis can be one of the trickiest diagnoses. In this article, she reviews 10 things coders wish physicians knew about sepsis documentation and coding.
Adriane Martin, DO, FACOS, CCDS, reviews recent Coding Clinic, First Quarter 2019, advice, which includes guidance on reporting abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repairs, spinal fusions, Whipple procedures, midline and central venous catheters, and more.
CMS’ recently released fiscal year (FY) 2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule includes 273 proposed ICD-10-CM code additions mainly affecting reporting for legal interventions, orbital roof fractures, and pressure-induced deep tissue damage. The code changes, if finalized, will take effect October 1, 2019.
Q: I was recently informed that providers use cellular-based tissue products to treat ulcers when a patient fails to respond to more conservative treatment options. What constitutes a failed response to treatment and how would this be documented?
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 spread of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a serious, paralysis-inducing syndrome, is beginning to alarm epidemiologists who have yet to identify its cause. Recognize the first signs of AFM and learn how to report the condition using ICD-10-CM codes. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The role of the coder has transitioned over the past few years to one that is more auditing-heavy. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , describes how to effectively perform internal audits and educate providers on coding best practices.
Q: If our physician only documents “uncontrolled diabetes” in an admitted patient’s chart, but I can see from the lab results in the record that the patient’s blood glucose levels are high, can I assign the ICD-10-CM code for diabetes with hyperglycemia?
Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS , reviews the background of MS-DRGs, as frequently revising MS-DRG basics will ensure that inpatient coders have a thorough understanding of the MS-DRG intricacies, thus perfecting overall assignment and reimbursement accuracy.
CMS released the fiscal year (FY) 2020 IPPS proposed rule Tuesday, April 23, which included the annual ICD-10-CM/PCS code update proposals, significant changes to CC/MCC and MS-DRG designations, and a proposed increase to hospital payment rates.
Adriane Martin, DO, FACOS, CCDS, writes that treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is variable and includes both medical and surgical therapy. Given the frequency of this condition, it is imperative that inpatient coding professionals have a clear understanding of the surgical treatment of PAD to avoid costly ICD-10-PCS errors. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The first quarter of 2019 has ended. Do you know what that means? Unfortunately, it means that income taxes were due in April. But luckily for inpatient coders and CDI professionals, it also means that we have new Coding Clinic guidance to take our minds off our taxes.
A query is a communication tool or process used to clarify documentation in the health record for documentation integrity and accurate code assignment for an individual encounter in any healthcare setting.
Although computer-assisted coding and natural language processing software has improved many aspects of daily CDI work, the technology requires ongoing oversight to ensure efficacy and accuracy. Therefore, CDI professionals, and even inpatient coders, need to be aware of the software’s potential pitfalls within the CDI department and develop tactics to overcome them.
Providers will find significant leeway in how they can report advance care planning (ACP) services for physicians given CMS’ open-ended coding requirements. Review potentially confusing CPT time rules and other obstacles that may be holding back providers from engaging in ACP services.
Hospital/physician practice integration has contributed to an increase in chemotherapy drug treatment and injection administration spending under Medicare, according to a study recently published in Health Economics.
The endocrine system is an intricate collection of hormone-producing glands that help to control mood, metabolism, tissue function, and sexual development. This article breaks down endocrine anatomy and ICD-10-CM guidelines for reporting diabetes mellitus and Cushing’s disease. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
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.
The beginning of the year is a time to go back to basics—or even, in some cases, to start over. Revisiting information on how to conduct a medical record review may, at first glance, feel like a basic or beginner topic. But medical record review is an important subject for all CDI professionals, and even coders, to consider.
Researchers analyzed reports and clinical data from a community hospital for malnourished patients and concluded that of the 1,817 records for malnourished adult patients examined, 1,171 (64.4%) of them were not coded for malnutrition, according to the study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Q: Which ICD-10-PCS code should be reported for an incision and drainage of a perianal abscess of the left buttocks? We are confused about which body part value should be captured since the physician documented both “perianal” and “left buttocks.”
Keeping up with changing coding guidance adds to the complexity of reporting digestive procedures. In this article, Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP , reviews ICD-10-PCS reporting for common digestive procedures including the Whipple procedure and lysis of adhesions. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Kay Piper, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, details the process of submitting ICD-10-CM codes to the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting by sharing the experience a medical coding educator and a CDI physician adviser had when submitting a proposal for the March 2018 meeting.
Karen, a 67-year-old patient with a history of hypertension, diabetes, and tobacco use, presents to her primary care physician with complaints of pain in her right buttock and thigh when she walks from her house to her mailbox. She is then admitted as an inpatient for surgery.
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.
A spinal fusion is a major surgery used to fuse together two or more vertebrae so they can heal into a single bone. This article breaks down spinal anatomy and simplifies CPT and NCCI guidance for reporting spinal fusions. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create national coding guidelines for ED visits by 2022, following an April 4 meeting.
Vestibular migraine is a common visual and neurological disorder that can be difficult to diagnose as symptoms of the disorder resemble those of other conditions such as vestibular neuritis and Meniere’s disorder. In this article, Debbie Jones, CPC , reviews clinical indications of vestibular migraine disorder and CPT coding for diagnostic tests used to assess vestibular functioning.
Joe Rivet, JD, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, CICA, CPMA, CAC, CACO, writes that proper reporting and documentation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) will help ensure accurate MS-DRG assignment and strengthen cases during inpatient audits. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Cheryl Manchenton, RN, explains CMS’ Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program (HACRP) and says inpatient coding professionals can play a significant role in HACRP success by understanding the basis for hospital-acquired condition scores and ensuring that documentation and coding accurately and fully captures patient conditions and complications.
Q: I know that the tumor, nodes, and metastasis (TNM) staging system can be used for ICD-10-CM coding purposes, but I’ve never used it before. As an inpatient coding professional, should I know how this system works and how to apply it?
A transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is an interventional cardiology procedure that has proven to be an important life-saving cardiac intervention frequently seen by inpatient coders. In this article, Stephen Houlahan, RN, MSN, MBA, CCDS, reviews TAVR history, clinical background, and documentation and reimbursement methodologies to ensure proper education and compliance for facilities.
Sepsis is a leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals, but in most of cases, sepsis alone may not be the true cause of the majority of inpatient, septic hospital deaths, according to recent research published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Coders often wonder how to define realistic productivity benchmarks. Different facilities establish the responsibilities and expectations of their coding teams, so productivity standards are not uniform.Coders often wonder how to define realistic productivity benchmarks. Different facilities establish the responsibilities and expectations of their coding teams, so productivity standards are not uniform.
Telehealth services are likely to promote health, wellness, and disease management, providing an avenue to offer efficient, high-quality care while supporting value-based care in a cost-effective manner. Although the benefit of telehealth is obvious and its value is continually highlighted by CMS, it appears the services are underutilized.
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.
As outpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs mature, CDI professionals need to be able to track their progress to ensure the program’s success. Learn how to develop CDI tracking tools to successfully capture coding and billing metrics and justify a CDI program’s effectiveness.