In Billing
Feb 16th, 2018
It may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is real. It involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or tube, and it has long been used to treat decompression sickness from scuba diving. More recently, physicians have found it useful to treat other conditions. Medicare Coverage under ...
In Coding
Feb 12th, 2018
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare, aggressive skin cancer that develops from hormone making cells in the skin. Unlike basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma, MCC will often metastasize to the lymph nodes and internal organs. The cure rate is reported at 80 percent for those cases that have not yet metastasized, and drops ...
In Billing
Feb 7th, 2018
Many quality measures in the Quality Payment Program include ICD-10-CM codes in either the numerator, denominator, exclusions, or exceptions, and used to determine patient eligibility. The accuracy of any measure, and the ability for eligible clinicians to meet data completeness, risk being compromised when ICD-10 codes are updated (October 1). Workflows that are not automatically updated, such as ...
In ICD-10
Jan 19th, 2018
Two years on, ICD-10-CM still has some rough edges. CMS does not include 7th  character options for several codes under category H54. Out of a total of 50,274 7  character codes in the ICD-10-CM 2018 code set, there are 35 codes for which CMS does not include a 7th character options note in the Tabular ...
In Coding
Dec 17th, 2017
Pressure ulcer and non-pressure chronic ulcer diagnostic codes are located in ICD-10-CM chapter 12, Disease of the skin and subcutaneous tissue. The concept of laterality (e.g., left or right) is pertinant, and should be included in the clinical documentation for skin ulcers. ICD-10-CM codes for Pressure ulcers, located in Category L89, are combination codes that ...