CMS issued a change request to provide guidance to Medicare Administrative Contractors on the use of a new modifier to append to claims for dialysis treatments for end-stage renal disease exceeding the 13 or 14 monthly allowable treatments.
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.
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.
Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, writes about how understanding the different forms of viral hepatitis and alcoholic hepatitis, as well as their effects on the liver, help to clarify coding assignment. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, helps coders and CDI specialists process important aspects of Coding Clinic’s First Quarter 2017 guidance such as the sequencing of pneumonia in the setting of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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.
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.
CMS released a change request April 28 which provides guidance for Medicare Administrative Contractors on how to ensure accurate program payment for moderate sedation services provided as part of screening colonoscopies.
Q: What are the documentation requirements for a continuous infusion for an observation patient, especially spanning the midnight hour? We often see rate change or rate verification notations during continuously running infusions, but would a start and stop time be required or expected for each bag change?
Joel Moorhead, MD, PhD, CPC , explains that a patient with an atypical presentation, by definition, may have the disease but might not meet typical criteria for diagnosis; thus, the patient needs to be at the center of clinical validation.
Q: We are currently coding a chart for an acute kidney injury which has the baseline serum creatinine and urine output missing from the chart. Is there something we can do before we have to query the physician?
With new data feeding into DRGs, facilities can finally start to see the impact of coders reporting new ICD-10 specificity and if cases are going to the same DRG groups that they did in ICD-9-CM. One MS-DRG group falling into question this year is for acute ischemic stroke with use of thrombolytic agent. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Ghazal Irfan, RHIA, writes that it’s pivotal that coders have a thorough and in-depth understanding of complex surgeries such as excisional debridements, along with comprehensive knowledge of relevant Coding Clinics and guidelines.