In Coding
Oct 31st, 2019
From the womb to adulthood, know the statistics, treatment, and medical coding associated with these birth defects. Cardiac patients are generally thought to be older adults being seen for cardiovascular disease, angina, heart attack, or congestive heart failure; however, cardiac patients can also be newborns, who require completely different care than that used in adult ...
In CMS
Oct 29th, 2019
Wondering where all the ICD-10-CM, CPT, HCPCS Level II, Bill Type, and Revenue codes disappeared to in local coverage determinations (LCDs)? A provision of the 21st Century Cures Act required codes to be removed from LCDs and communicated through local coverage articles. Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) began the conversion at the beginning of the year ...
In Coding
Oct 24th, 2019
Official diagnosis coding guidance for 2019 healthcare encounters and deaths associated with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) was released Oct. 17. Until we have more specific codes, we are instructed to “Assign as many codes, as appropriate.” According to this ICD-10-CM Official Coding Guidelines – Supplement “Coding encounters related to E-cigarette, ...
In Billing
Oct 18th, 2019
The government is keeping a close eye on how you are coding claims. Are you? The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is updating its Work Plan this month with new watch items that pertain to Medicare. At press time, there were five additional items the OIG intends to pursue in 2020. OIG Work Plan items ...
In Coding
Oct 9th, 2019
Take a longtime coder’s advice for how to ignite (or reignite) your love of medical coding. Whether you are just starting out in medical coding or have been at it for a long time, you know that careers (much like relationships) require a lot of work. Maybe you’ve been coding for a long time and ...