Traditionally, the OPPS rulemaking cycle has been the main vehicle for changes to outpatient coding and billing regulations and policy that hospitals need to pay attention to. But Jugna Shah, MPH , writes that, increasingly, CMS has been introducing or discussing changes relevant to outpatient hospitals beyond the scope of the OPPS rules.
Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week began on Mother’s Day and aimed to raise awareness of the dangers of substance abuse during pregnancy. In honor of this awareness week, Yvette DeVay, MHA, CPC, CIC, CPC-I , discusses fetal alcohol syndrome disorders and ICD-10-CM coding for the condition.
Podiatry coding can become complicated quickly, as a number of procedures can be performed on the same site or region of the foot. This means codes could easily run into NCCI edits or denials. One way to ensure physicians are reimbursed properly for provided services is to review NCCI edits pertaining to podiatry.
Wound care can be messy, but reimbursement and billing for wound care does not need to be as troublesome if coding and documentation are done correctly. One of the bedrocks in billing for wound care is ensuring medical necessity, and there are a few tricks and standards to learn about medical necessity in order to stay compliant. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Coding plays a large role in claims and therefore is a key factor in reimbursement compliance. As such, coders have a responsibility to be as accurate and up-to-date on coding practices as possible. Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA, CHPS , explores some of the organizations and regulatory bodies available to assist coders.
As physicians and society debate the rising incidence and devastating effects of opioid dependency, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and the use and abuse of other mood-altering chemicals, James Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP , explains how providers must partner together to define, diagnose, document, and report drug-related events so that ICD-10-CM-dependent administrative data can accurately measure its epidemiology, responses to treatment, and consequences.
CMS released the fiscal year 2018 IPPS proposed rule in April, and with it came a bevy of new potential ICD-10-CM codes. The update includes a total of 406 proposed new, revised, and deleted codes to be implemented October 1, 2017.
April marks sexually transmitted infections month, and Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CPC, CCS-P, CEMC , gets in the spirit by breaking down the staging, diagnosis, and treatment of syphilis before examining how to code the disease in ICD-10-CM. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
CMS released the fiscal year 2018 IPPS proposed rule April 14, and with it came a bevy of new potential ICD-10-CM codes. Explore the new additions to the ophthalmologic, non-pressure chronic ulcer, maternity and external cause codes ahead of implementation October 1.
A benefit of the switch to ICD-10-CM is the ability to be as specific as possible about a patient’s condition, but the downside of this is that it can make coding fractures time-consuming and confusing. Knowledge of bone anatomy and how fracture codes work is therefore an invaluable asset in fracture coding.
In the second part of this two-part series on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), dive deeper into the four performance categories, their requirements, and their scoring parameters for the first year of MIPS reporting. This article also gives readers tips on what clinicians need to do to prepare for and participate in MIPS in 2017.
Glands located throughout the body are responsible producing hormones and releasing chemicals into the bloodstream as part of the endocrine system. These glands help maintain many important purposes of the body, including metabolism, growth, and reproductive functions. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
In the first part of a two-part series on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), discover the basics of the MIPS program, understand who is eligible for 2017 participation, and navigate the scoring system for the first year of reporting.
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.
Accurate clinical documentation is the bedrock of the legal medical record, billing, and coding. It is also the most complex and vulnerable part of revenue cycle because independent providers must document according to intricate and sometimes vague rules.
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.
The 2017 ICD-10-CM updates included a significant number of additions to digestive system diagnoses, especially codes for pancreatitis and intestinal infections. These codes are largely focused in the lower gastrointestinal tract, and a review of the anatomy of this body system could help improve accurate documentation interpretation and code selection.