Hospital Outpatient Articles

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

  • Healthcare News: New survey reveals healthcare organizations? ICD-10 implementation progress

    June 25, 2013

    ICD-10 implementation is less than 16 months away, but a recent survey by TrustHCS and AHIMA reveals that 25% of responding healthcare organizations have not yet established an ICD-10 steering committee.

  • Shrink radiation oncology coding confusion

    June 11, 2013

    To correctly code for radiation oncology services, coders need to understand the various elements of the treatment. ­Rebecca Vandiver, CPC, CPC-I, and Chandra Stephenson, CPC, CPC-H, CPMA, CPC-I, CANPC, CEMC, CFPC, CGSC, CIMC, COSC, analyze these complex services from a coding perspective.

  • Spot physician and facility coding differences

    June 11, 2013

    Coders use the same CPT® codes to report outpatient services whether they are coding physician or facility services. Jaci Johnson, CPC,CPC-H,CPMA,CEMC,CPC- I, and Judy Wilson, CPC, CPC-H, CPCO, CPC-P, CPPM, CPCI, CANPC, CMRS, examine the similarities and differences between coding in the two settings.

  • ICD-10-CM: Improving clinical documentation in all settings

    June 11, 2013

    Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) initiatives often focus on inpatient documentation to ensure that documentation accurately reflects patient severity. Laura Legg, RHIT, CCS, explains how CDI efforts can also benefit outpatient coding.

  • Q/A: NCCI edits for drug administration

    June 11, 2013

    Q: We get an NCCI edit when billing an intramuscular/subcutaneous injection (CPT® code 96372) during the same encounter as billing an injection, infusion, or hydration. Should we append modifier -59 (distinct procedural service)? Does it matter if an IV line is already in place before intramuscular/subcutaneous administration?

  • Healthcare News: CMS issues instructions for splitting claims between ICD-9 and ICD-10

    June 11, 2013

    CMS released Special Edition MLN Matters® Article SE1325 to clarify split billing for certain institutional encounters that span the ICD-10 implementation date of October 1, 2014.

  • 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.