Hospital Outpatient Articles

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

  • Wrap your arms around data analytics before ICD-10

    October 1, 2013

    The implementation of ICD-10-CM will bring more specificity to coding, which will mean more data for facilities. Michael Gallagher, MD, MBA, MPH, and ­Andrea Clark, RHIA, CCS, CPC-H, look at how to handle that data and its benefits for providers and patients.

  • Healthcare News: Many lag in ICD-10 preparation

    October 1, 2013

    With less than a year until ICD-10 implementation, many facilities have yet to even begin training. A recent Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists  survey shows how far along facilities are and their concerns as October 1, 2014, nears.

  • Specificity a necessity for dermatology coding

    October 1, 2013

    Like the skin, dermatology coding has several layers. Betty Hovey, CPC, CPC-H, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CPCD, says that coders need to pay attention to the type of procedure, site, size, and more in order to accurately report each encounter.

  • Be ready to code for gallbladder attacks

    October 1, 2013

    Jeanne L. Plouffe, CPC, CGSC, and Jennifer Avery, CCS, CPC-H, CPC, CPC-I, review procedures performed on the gallbladder and how to determine the correct ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes. 

  • Healthcare News: Auditors finding errors with reporting of add-on codes

    September 17, 2013

    Some providers are billing only add-on codes without their respective primary codes, resulting in overpayments, according to CMS. Add-on codes billed without their primary codes are considered an overpayment, with one exception.

  • Make sense of confusing modifiers

    September 17, 2013

    Modifiers are sometimes essential to ensure proper payment, but choosing the correct one can be tricky. Sarah L. Goodman, MBA, CHCAF, CPC-H, CCP, FCS; Katherine Abel, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CPC-I; and Susan E. Garrison, CHCA, CHCAS, CCS-P, CHC, PCS, FCS, CPAR, CPC, CPC-H, discusssome confusing modifiers and how to use them accurately.

  • Q&A: Using modifier -59 with EKGs

    September 17, 2013

    Q: A patient comes into the ED with chest pain. An EKG (CPT® code 93005) is performed. The patient goes directly to the catheterization lab for catheterization (code 93454).  Is a modifier appropriate for the EKG?

  • Cerebrovascular accident sequela: Transition to ICD-10-CM

    August 30, 2013

    After a cerebrovascular accident (CVA, also known as stroke), a patient may suffer additional health problems, lasting after the event has passed. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, CCS-P, CPC-H, CPC-I, compares coding for these lasting effects, known as sequela, in ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM.   

  • Q&A: Coding for fractures and osteoporosis in ICD-10-CM

    August 30, 2013

    Q: We have a patient with documented age-related osteoporosis. She bent over to pick up a newspaper from a table and fractured a vertebrae. Should we code the fracture as pathologic or traumatic?

  • Healthcare News: CMS, AHIMA ICD-10 basics presentation available

    August 30, 2013

    CMS’ Pat Brooks, RHIA, senior technical advisor, Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group, and AHIMA’s Sue Bowman, MJ, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA, senior director, coding policy and compliance, reviewed basic ICD-10 information during a CMS National Provider Call August 22.