In Billing
Nov 6th, 2018
2019 HCPCS Level II changes are comprehensive this year, and the code set includes several new modifiers as well as codes. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released them November 6. HCPCS General Talley The 374 changes are broken down this way: 228  new codes and modifiers 49 discontinued codes and modifiers 95 changed ...
In CMS
Nov 5th, 2018
Utilization, new codes, device pass-through, and 340B payment policies top the changes in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule for 2019. Cutting OPPS Costs CMS said in a fact sheet with the long-winded title of “CMS finalizes Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical ...
Aug 1st, 2018
Comments Off on Additional Information About Changes Coming in 2019
As mentioned in last month’s officer news, requirements for chapters will be slightly different in 2019. Six educational events will still be required but not all events must be traditional meetings. Events that will be approved are defined as: Traditional meetings – A minimum of 4 are required annually Officers are present All attendees are ...
In Billing
Jul 25th, 2018
Medical coders are at the front line of the fight to stop human trafficking with new ICD-10-CM codes effective October 1. And the American Hospital Association (AHA) is encouraging medical coders to identify signs in the documentation and use the new codes. Trafficking Terms in Documentation The AHA believes providers see victims of human trafficking ...
In Coding
Jun 12th, 2018
The ICD-10-CM code set for 2019 includes 279 additions, 51 deletions, and 143 revised codes —for a grand total of 71,932 codes, compared to this year’s 71,701 codes (an additional 228 codes). Codes Get Even More Specific Most of the changes, which go into effect October 1, provide more specificity than in existing codes. For ...