Kimberly Cunningham, CPC, CIC, CCS , and other professionals comment on commonly seen MS-DRGs and inpatient conditions, including which terms coders need to look for in documentation to arrive at the most accurate MS-DRG and codes. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register if you do not have a paid subscription.
ICD-10-CM has brought codes to more specifically report obesity and related conditions. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC, CDIP, describes these codes and when to report them, while also taking a look at operative reports for bariatric surgeries.
In addition to laterality modifiers for right and left (-RT and –LT, respectively), coders can also report bilateral procedures with modifier -50. Susan E. Garrison, CHCA, CHCAS, CCS-P, CHC, PCS, FCS, CPAR, CPC, CPC-H, analyzes the guidelines for these modifiers and offers tips on how and when to report them.
Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC, CDIP, looks at the different types of bariatric surgical procedures and documentation details providers may include for them. She also reviews which CPT codes can be used to report these procedures