Hospital Outpatient Articles

Below is a complete listing of all Hospital Outpatient articles that have appeared in JustCoding News.

  • Is computer-assisted coding the answer to projected coder productivity declines in ICD-10?

    May 14, 2013

    Coder productivity is expected to decline by as much as 50% immediately after the transition to ICD-10. Many organizations are looking to computer-assisted coding (CAC) to help offset those productivity declines. Lisa Knowles-Ward, RHIT, CCS, and Susan White, PhD, CHDA, discuss the results of the Cleveland Clinic’s study of coding accuracy and productivity with CAC.

  • Check out the view from the industry as ICD-10 implementation draws closer

    May 14, 2013

    Everyone in healthcare—providers and payers alike—faces the same problems when preparing for ICD-10 implementation. Stephen Spain, MD, CPC, Michael Miscoe, Esq., CPC, CPCO, CASCC, CCPC, CUC, and Annie Boynton, BS, RHIT, CPC, CCS, CPC-H, CCS-P, CPC-P, CPC-I, offer the physician, compliance, and payer perspectives on the ICD-10 transition.

  • Q&A: Coding for cerebral hemorrhage sequela in ICD-10-CM

    May 14, 2013

    Q: A patient suffered a nontraumatic intracerebral hemorrhage six months ago and is now being seen for long-standing aphasia as a result of the stroke. How would we code this in ICD-10-CM?

  • GEMs a useful addition to ICD-10-CM transition tool kit

    May 14, 2013

    General equivalence mapping (GEM) is a good tool to use to convert ICD-9-CM codes to ICD-10-CM, but the maps are only a tool. Lori Andersen, MS, and Patrick Romano, MD, MPH, explain to use GEMs as part of your ICD-10 coding transition.

  • Healthcare News: CMS nears completion of NCD translation to ICD-10-CM

    May 14, 2013

    CMS is translating only 27% of its current National Coverage Determinations (NCD) from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM, according to Janet Anderson Brock, CMS’ director of the Division of Operations and Information Management, Coverage and Analysis Group Center for Clinical Standards and Quality.

  • Q&A: Performing multiple fusions at same spinal level

    April 30, 2013

    Q: If a patient has a spinal deformity on L5-S1 and we use the appropriate codes from 2280X and then the physician performs an arthrodesis/fusion on the same level, can we bill the appropriate fusion codes (225XX-226XX) as well?  My impression is no, but I would love to get some insight into this question.

  • CMS corrects edit 84, deletes modifiers

    April 30, 2013

    CMS corrected edit 84, added five APCs, deleted two APCs, and changed the description of another as part of the April updates to the I/OCE. Dave Fee, MBA, reviews the most significant changes CMS implemented

  • Ten steps to code for anesthesia services

    April 30, 2013

    Anesthesia coding in some ways is similar to evaluation and management coding—only easier. Chandra Stephenson, CPC, CPC-H, CPMA, CPC-I, CANPC, CEMC, CFPC, CGSC, CIMC, COSC, explained the 10 steps to coding anesthesia during the AAPC National Conference in Orlando, Fla., April 14-17.

  • Understand anatomy to transition reporting hypertension from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM

    April 30, 2013

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 31% of all American adults have high blood pressure, so odds are coders see the condition documented often. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, CCS-P, CPC-H, CPC-I, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, compares coding for hypertension in ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM.

  • Healthcare News: CMS releases Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter

    April 30, 2013

    The April 2013 issue of CMS’ Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter highlights two Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) issues that affect outpatient providers.