In Billing
Sep 15th, 2017
For the 2017-2018 influenza virus season, coders have two new CPT codes for reporting vaccines: 90682 and 90756. CPT code 90682 Influenza virus vaccine, quadrivalent (RIV4), derived from recombinant DNA, hemagglutinin (HA) protein only, preservative and antibiotic free, for intramuscular use is effective Aug. 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018, and has a payment allowance of ...
Sep 7th, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) filed a proposed rule in the Federal Register on June 20 for year two of the Quality Payment Program. The agency quickly followed up on June 26 with a webinar to provide a digestible overview of the major provisions in the 1,058-page document. The Medicare Access and ...
In Coding
Sep 6th, 2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released “ICD-10-CM Coding Advice for Healthcare Encounters in Hurricane Aftermath” as a guide when coding healthcare encounters for individuals injured by a hurricane. The document reviews the use of external cause of morbidity codes, which “should be assigned to identify the cause of the injury(ies) incurred as a result ...
Sep 6th, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised MLN Matters Number SE17020, “Hurricane Harvey and Medicare Disaster Related Texas Claims,” to include new information about Texas disaster relief efforts. On Aug. 26, following President Trump declaring a major disaster exists in Texas, Secretary Price of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services authorized ...
In Audit
Aug 30th, 2017
One week after the release of the 2018 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agency released an errata with updated rules for diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and principal diagnosis. And while some publishers, like AAPC, were able to put their ICD-10-CMs to press with the new guidelines, it was too ...