Q: When it comes to conditions not related to hypertension, is it sufficient to attribute the diagnosis to another etiology or does the provider need to specifically document that the congestive heart failure (CHF) is not due to hypertension?
CMS recently released the 2018 IPPS final rule, which featured 2,916 of its now-annual ICD-10-PCS code additions, deletions, and revisions. This article reviews changes to ICD-10-PCS codes including the addition of short-term device characters and various table updates. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The amount of energy it takes to stay up-to-date on all the relevant payment and coding updates can be overwhelming, and one relatively new solution to this conundrum is the addition of a CDI educator—an individual dedicated to the educational needs of the CDI team and, in some cases, even physicians.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the Cooperating Parties responsible for the ICD-10-CM codes and guidelines, recently released a 2018 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting errata. Slight changes were made to the guidelines for diabetes, hypertension, and principal diagnosis selection.
The 2018 updates to the CPT Manual released in early September feature a total of 314 code changes. New codes for E/M visits, genetic testing services, and endovascular repairs of aortic aneurysms are among the 172 additions.
Providers in some states may soon discover a big hurdle to clear when seeking to report a set of apheresis services after one Medicare administrative contractor tightened up physician supervision requirements.
With weeks remaining before the 2018 ICD-10-CM codes are implemented, it is important to review new codes—including myocardial infarction and ophthalmology codes--as well as changes to the coding guidelines and documentation requirements. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Outpatient coding’s impact on reimbursement is evolving as healthcare continues its march toward value-based care. Kim Miller, CPC, CHC , and Kerri Wing, RN, MS , detail how coders play a central role in this shift.
Q: Can you explain where in the clinical documentation it would be acceptable to report from for hierarchical condition category purposes? Would you code from history of present illness, past medical history, active problem list, or the assessment?
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CCDS, CDIP, details how Coding Clinic , Second Quarter 2017, did not disappoint in addressing clinical issues affecting those in coding compliance and instructing how to properly use the ICD-10-CM Index and Table .
Q: If a patient is admitted for anemia related to a malignancy and is treated only for anemia, the principal diagnosis goes to the malignancy. Could you still code for the malignancy as the principal diagnosis if the patient was treated for other conditions at the same time?
CMS recently released the 2018 IPPS final rule, with updates to various quality initiatives, annual payment updates for inpatient services, and an extensive amount of now-annual ICD-10-PCS code additions, deletions, and revisions. This article reviews guideline updates, the addition of “other devices” characters, and new tables added for root operation Replacement. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
You may be thinking that you’ve never heard of scleroderma. As a coder, we know to look at these big fancy words and break them down by their root words in order to get a clue of what we’re talking about.
One of the reasons that we all read Briefings in Coding Compliance Strategies is to maintain our competence and quality in coding and risk-adjustment principles as to anticipate how recovery auditors and accountability agents view our coded data. While a good compliance officer and attorney knows the law, the better one knows the law, the judge, and the jury.
Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CCDS , writes about congestive heart failure and covers symptoms, coding best practices, and treatment for the disease using new ICD-10 for 2018.