In Coding
Jan 7th, 2020
A new ICD-10-CM code for reporting vaping-related disorders has been created. This new code and updated guidance supersedes previous vaping coding guidance released in October 2019. ICD-10-CM code U07.0 Vaping-related disorder is effective April 1, 2020. Illnesses Related to Vaping Continue As of Dec. 27, 2019, there are been 2,561 reported cases of e-cigarette, or ...
In Coding
Jan 6th, 2020
Part 2: Know the codes and documentation to help prove medical necessity for gender-related surgical procedures. Patients with gender conflict have stereotyping and depression to overcome; don’t let staff and billing be another obstacle they must face when getting medical care. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) helps to remove ...
In Coding
Jan 6th, 2020
Consider anatomy and coding guidance to put things into perspective. Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is a surgical procedure performed endoscopically on the nasal/sinus cavities. The purpose of the surgery is to reduce the symptoms of chronic sinusitis such as congestion, drainage, post-nasal drip, headaches, and facial pain. Coding FESS can be unnerving because there ...
Documentation is your first line of defense for coding and claims payment. The operative report is perhaps the single most important document in a surgical chart. It is the official document that captures what transpired in the operating room. It must support the medical necessity for treating the patient, describe each part of the surgical ...
In Audit
Jan 3rd, 2020
Coding initial hospital care became more challenging after Medicare stopped paying for inpatient consult codes several years ago — but that can’t be the only factor driving the startling error rates for evaluation and management (E/M) codes 99223 and 99214. In the report “2019 Medicare Fee-for-Service Supplemental Improper Payment Data,” the Centers for Medicare & ...