The final 2021 CPT, ICD-10-CM, and ICD-10-PCS code sets were released last week, introducing new, revised, and deleted codes for diagnostic and procedural services and accompanying guideline changes. Read up on the changes, which will impact payment for hospital services in 2021.
Outpatient coders should be familiar with CPT reporting for knee surgeries based on information in the operative note. This article reviews the anatomy of the knee joint and CPT coding for arthroscopic and reconstructive procedures used to visualize and treat common knee conditions. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Q: When would it be appropriate to report modifier -58 (staged or related procedure or service by the same physician during the postoperative period) for a procedure performed during the postoperative period?
Sarah Nehring, CCS, CCDS, RHIT , writes that the increased complexity and cost of implantable cardiac defibrillator devices is reflected in the higher relative weight and longer length of stay for these MS-DRGs compared to pacemaker MS-DRGs. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Julian Everett, RN, BSN, CDIP, reviews ICD-10-CM reporting and clinical criteria for pneumonia and its causative agents and associated comorbidities. Everett also details documentation recommendations for providers to ensure inpatient coders can report this disease with the utmost accuracy.
CMS recently released guidance stating that for inpatient novel coronavirus (COVID-19) claims, a positive viral test result is now required in order to be eligible for the 20% increase in the MS-DRG weighting factor. This became effective for all admissions on or after September 1.
Q: When is it appropriate to report both flash or acute pulmonary edema and acute on chronic heart failure (diastolic, systolic, or other) in ICD-10-CM? What other etiologies lead to flash pulmonary edema and how do I know when to query?
Alba Kuqi, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CICA, CSCM, explains the definition of acute ischemic syndrome and the clinical indicators that make a difference when reviewing a medical record. In part one of this two-part series, Kuqi takes a look at the myocardial anatomy, stable/unstable angina, and Prinzmetal's angina.
Although a great deal has been written about acute respiratory failure, chronic respiratory failure has not received as much attention even though it may also impact MS-DRG assignment and risk adjustment.
Because of the complexity and frequency of ischemic stroke admissions, inpatient coders should review clinical criteria and ICD-10-CM reporting regularly for this diagnosis to ensure accurate coding and reimbursement.
CMS is moving forward for E/M changes for physician billing according to the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Read about those changes, as long as a preview of new CPT codes that will be added for 2021.
Departmental silos are prevalent in the healthcare world and can lead to unvoiced frustrations and counterproductive work. Different organizations have different approaches to breaking down these walls, often through regular interdepartmental meetings or newsletters.
This increase in alcohol-related deaths is consistent with reports of increases in alcohol-related illnesses and injuries during the same period. This study highlights the fact that alcohol-related admissions are not uncommon, which is why inpatient coders should brush up on reporting these disorders in ICD-10-CM.