In Coding
May 21st, 2018
What is chikungunya, and how do you code it? Chikungunya is an alphavirus[1] transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The virus was first detected in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It entered the Caribbean in 2013, and has since caused a widespread and ongoing epidemic in North ...
In Coding
May 8th, 2018
Approximately 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and about 34 million more are at risk, according to Noridian Healthcare Solutions. To bring attention to this preventable disease, May has been declared National Osteoporosis Awareness Month. Early Detection is Key A bone mass measurement or bone density study can aid in the early detection of osteoporosis before fractures happen, provide informa...
In CMS
Apr 25th, 2018
A proposed rule issued April 24 provides an advance look at pending updates to Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for fiscal year 2019. Proposed changes that make it into the final rule, usually released in August, will apply to approximately 3,330 acute ...
In Coding
Apr 24th, 2018
Within ICD-10-CM, diagnosis codes for open wounds are categorized by: Site — Anatomic location on the body: Depending on the site, the information necessary to select the proper diagnosis code will differ. Some laceration and puncture wound codes are divided into “with foreign body” and “without foreign body.” Laterality — e.g., left or right side of the ...
In Billing
Apr 24th, 2018
Don’t expect Medicare to reimburse SET unless you meet all the requirements. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) considers supervised exercise therapy (SET) reasonable and necessary for Medicare beneficiaries with intermittent claudication (IC) for treatment of symptomatic peripheral artery disease (PAD), but there are many requirements for coverage. A National Coverage Determina...