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In Coding
Jun 1st, 2022
Look to authoritative sources to navigate the challenges in reporting cannabis use and associated problems. Cannabis, or marijuana, is the most commonly-used illicit drug in the United States, growing from 22 million users in 2014 to over 55 million, or 16.9 percent, reporting marijuana use in 2021. In fact, approximately 45 percent of Americans claim ...
In Billing
Jun 1st, 2022
Know which codes to turn to when a patient isn’t fully vaccinated. Over the past two years, we’ve seen the inception and evolution of codes and guidelines for reporting COVID-19 and its associated diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive measures. Notably, the fiscal year (FY) 2022 update to ICD-10-CM includes a significant code addition for COVID-19 underimmunization ...
Keep high-risk areas in mind as you strive to improve documentation practices and procedures. With automated medical resources, such as electronic health records (EHRs), computer-assisted encoders, claim scrubbers, and interrelated workflow processes, there is often much to be desired when the provider’s documentation — including operative notes, daily progress reports, consults, lab and radiology ...
In Coding
May 2nd, 2022
Look to LCDs for guidance on how to get reimbursed for routine foot care. Routine foot care is probably the most difficult thing for a podiatry practice to manage. It takes a village to make sure all the proper steps are taken to get claims paid. This is because Medicare has a coverage policy that ...
Arrive at the correct procedure code by breaking down the operative report. Even seasoned coding professionals occasionally find it challenging to assign the appropriate ICD-10-PCS codes from the operative report. Mastering the procedural coding system used in the inpatient hospital setting takes practice. Medical coders reporting inpatient services should start by reading the operative report, ...