It’s essential and surprisingly easy when you know who to trust. New regulations, code updates, final rules, technology — ugh! Sometimes, it just seems like too much to manage, doesn’t it? The trick is to filter out all the white noise and hone in on just the information you need. At AAPC, we do this ...
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 ...
In Coding
Jun 7th, 2018
Is the anemia due to a malignancy or an adverse effect to treatment of the malignancy? Proper ICD-10-CM coding of anemia requires the coder to know what is causing the condition. Let’s look at types of anemia, and medical coding and sequencing of the disease when it is caused by a malignancy or adverse effect. ...
In Coding
Jun 7th, 2018
  Q What is proper coding if an anesthesiologist performs perioperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), 93355? Per the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI), TEE is bundled to the primary anesthesia service (00560), which results in non-payment of the TEE when reporting both services. A The short answer is, in the scenario described, compliant coding is 00560 ...
In Coding
Jun 6th, 2018
Don’t let procedural coding intimidate you; it may turn out to be your preferred code set. I admit it: I was very intimidated at the thought of using a procedural coding system (PCS), at first. Prior to Oct. 1, 2015, I coded inpatient procedures using ICD-9-CM Volume 3 codes, which were three to four numeric ...