With a new year underway, providers likely need to get a handle on some key new modifiers, as well as important changes to an existing modifier and the deletion of a modifier that previously raised a lot of questions and operational concerns.
Q: Facilities often have two charges for services performed in an operating room (OR) suite. For example, a facility performs a colonoscopy and an esophagogastroduodenoscopy, which took a total of 20 minutes in the procedure room. The facility charged two set-up fees plus an additional five minutes of OR time. Would this be considered a duplicate charge?
The human eye may be small, but it’s one of the most complex organ systems in the body. Review the anatomy of the eye and how to code for conditions affecting the system, including new details for 2017.
The intersection of CMS’ packaged payment policy and the increasing volume of Medically Unlikely Edits (MUE) can be likened to a car crash waiting to happen. Hospitals are having valid, medically necessary claim lines denied – including charges and units below MUE limits. Providers can help stop the crash by ensuring their claims, CPT coding, medical necessity, and the units are all correct.
Inpatient coding departments are likely familiar with integrating clinical documentation improvement (CDI) specialists into their processes. Crystal Stalter, CPC, CCS-P, CDIP, looks at how CDI techniques can benefit outpatient settings and what services and codes facilities should target.
The codes in ICD-10-CM Chapter 13, Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System and Connective Tissue, cover diagnoses for conditions throughout the body. Due to the wide scope of conditions in the chapter, it had extensive updates for 2017. Review some of the most significant changes and the details required to accurately report the codes.
Radiation oncology services billed to CMS had a 9.6% improper payment rate in 2015, leading to Medicare improperly paying $137 million for these services, according to a study reported in the January 2016 Medicare Quarterly Compliance Newsletter .
Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, CDIP, COBGC, writes about the transition of the CPT code for reporting ablation of uterine fibroid tumors from a Category III to Category I code and the impact that could have on coding and billing.
Q: We have claims that are hitting an edit between a procedure HCPCS code and the new codes for moderate sedation (99151–99153). Since moderate sedation is no longer inherent in any procedure beginning January 1, why are these scenarios hitting an edit?