Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , reviews common CPT and ICD-10-CM coding and documentation errors, such as unbundling, inappropriate modifier usage, and missing information, to help coders reduce their risk from audits.
The ICD-10-CM Manual was recently updated with new codes for peritonitis in association with acute appendicitis and the CPT Manual now includes new codes for gastrostomy tube replacements. Familiarize yourself with these changes to ensure accurate reporting of digestive diagnoses and treatments. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Even on a small scale, the implementation of an outpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program can be overwhelming. Review advice from CDI specialists on developing successful outpatient CDI programs that facilitate accurate coding and billing.
Findings show that pathologist involvement in the review and verification of CPT codes may reduce the need for code modifications at the time of sign-out auditing, according to the recent study published in the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
Findings from a retrospective cohort study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine suggest that, on average, EDs may report higher-level E/M services for incarcerated individuals when compared to the general population.
A variety of therapeutic services can be used to treat patients suffering from debilitating mental health conditions. Clear up confusion surrounding CPT coding for these initial office visits, psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, and psychotherapy visits. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Reporting and billing hospital observation services can be confusing, particularly when the observation stay lasts more than one day. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , writes about CPT coding for observation services based on time and the key components of the history, exam, and medical decision making of a patient.
CMS recently released the 2019 NCCI Policy Manual for Medicare Services , which includes updates to payment policies and coding methodologies effective January 1, 2019. The changes impact billing and reporting for spinal arthrodesis procedures and laboratory services.
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.
The AMA updated the cardiovascular section of the 2019 CPT Manual to reflect advances in surgical treatment for cardiovascular conditions such as heart failure and aortic stenosis. Read about new and revised codes for the implantation and removal of leadless pacemakers, cardiac rhythm monitors, and other surgical devices commonly used to treat chronic heart conditions. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The 2019 CPT code update will impact reporting for dermatologic biopsies. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, RHIA, HCISPP, CCS-P, COC, CPC-I , reviews updated reporting guidance and CPT codes for these common types of biopsies.
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.
It's been more than three years since CMS introduced a subset of modifiers it wants providers to report instead of modifier -59 (distinct procedural service), but they're still optional as barely any new guidance has been released.
Findings from an Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit show that Novitas Solutions Inc. overpaid hospitals for intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) services provided to nearly all sampled Medicare beneficiaries over a 30-month period, resulting in overpayments of at least $7.2 million.
Beginning in 2018, total knee arthroplasty (TKA) was removed from the Inpatient Only List and assigned a comprehensive APC payment. Outpatient coders need to ensure they are assigning the correct CPT codes for TKA to reduce their hospital’s risk of audits.
CMS recently released both the calendar year (CY) 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and OPPS final rules last week, revising the payment structure for E/M office visits and expanding payment reductions for drugs purchased under the 340B discount pricing program by nonexcepted, off-campus, provider-based departments.
Coders must have a solid understanding of complex terminology and CPT and ICD-10-CM coding guidelines to select the most specific codes for traumatic fractures and their treatments. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The CMS risk adjustment model uses Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCC) to calculate risk scores based on ICD-10 diagnoses. Review HCC coding do’s and don’ts to help your facility manage risk effectively, enhance shared savings, and provide patient-centered care.
The death of one twin in utero complicates oversight of a multifetal pregnancy. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , reviews symptoms of vanishing twin syndrome and ICD-10-CM coding for continuing pregnancy after intrauterine death .
Q: A lung cancer patient presents to the infusion clinic to receive chemotherapy treatments. The patient receives a Carboplatin infusion, a Gezmar infusion, and an Anzemet intravenous push. Which CPT codes would be used to report these services?
According to the National Center for Chronic Diseases Prevention and Health Promotion, an estimated 5.7 million adults throughout the U.S. have heart failure. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, RHIA, CCS-P, COC, CPC-I, writes about ICD-10-CM coding for heart failure diagnoses and CPT coding for procedures used to treat the disease.
Coding and documentation teams can replicate an organization’s overall denial avoidance and management program by scaling it to the scope of denials for which they are responsible. Lynette Kramer, MA, RHIA , outlines a four-step process that coding teams can use to monitor claim data and establish accountability for denials.
The FY 2019 ICD-10-CM update includes 54 code additions, three deletions, and 87 revisions to Chapter 19 of the ICD-10-CM Manual , “Injuries, Poisonings, and Certain Other Consequences of External Causes.” Review updated codes and guidelines for reporting burns, infections and sepsis following a procedure, drug abuse, and human trafficking. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
A retrospective study recently published in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery found that 59% of reviewed cases across four institutions contained discrepancies between operative dictation and CPT coding for pediatric abdominal surgeries.
Patients determined to have a tubo-ovarian abscess (TOA) require immediate and aggressive surgical therapy. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , reviews clinical documentation and ICD-10-CM coding for TOAs as well as CPT coding for surgical interventions used to treat them.
Before radiation therapy can be administered, several steps must be taken prepare the patient for treatment. Review CPT coding and documentation for the first two steps in the process: the initial consultation and preparation for radiation treatment. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Q: I received confusing guidance regarding CPT coding for a segmental spinal fusion with pedicle screws placed at L3 and L4 vertebrae. Would it be appropriate to report CPT code 22612 with add-on code 22614 for this procedure?
Medicare guidelines for reporting arthroscopic shoulder surgeries have changed significantly over the past decade. Review updated guidance and CPT coding for SLAP repairs as well as biceps tenotomy and tenodesis procedures to reduce audit risk. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Coding leadership can assist the chargemaster team by providing input, preparing appeals, and tracking coding-related denials. Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA/CGMA, FACHE, FHFMA, CHPS , describes how to effectively work with a team of coders to combat continued denials.
A nine-month audit conducted by a CDI specialist at a family practice and internal medicine clinic revealed 1,353 coding errors on physician-coded claims for outpatient office visits. Tammy Trombley, RHIT, CDIP, CCDS , reviews findings from this 2017 audit and discusses implications for risk-adjustment coding.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older, according to the National Eye Institute. Debbie Jones, CPC, CCA , reviews ICD-10-CM coding for AMD and CPT coding for treatments used to slow the disease’s progression.
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, in 2013, 2 million people in the U.S. saw a physician for a rotator cuff problem. Review shoulder anatomy and CPT coding for rotator cuff repairs to improve coding accuracy. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The American Medical Association recently released the 2019 CPT code set, which includes 335 code changes, primarily for skin biopsies, fine needle aspirations, and central nervous system assessments. All changes take effect January 1.
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.
In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a nationwide public health emergency to address the opioid crisis, investing almost $900 million in opioid-specific funding to support treatment and recovery services. Learn about the epidemic and review ICD-10-CM coding and guidelines for reporting opioid use, abuse, dependence, and overdoses.
Continuing with numerous requests for comment in last year’s OPPS proposed rule, CMS is once again asking stakeholders for feedback on a variety of issues for potential future rulemaking. Review OPPS proposals for quality measure changes and policies aimed at improving interoperability and the electronic exchange of information between providers.