Clear and concise documentation aids diagnosis coding. I first heard the term Crohn’s disease when I was 12 years old. The surgeon who had just finished operating on my older sister was talking to my grandparents. She didn’t have acute appendicitis, after all, he said. A section of her small intestine had calcified from chronic ...
In CMS
Sep 20th, 2016
by John Verhovshek, CPC, and Renee Dustman Reflecting United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) 2008 recommendations (2015 recommendations are in progress), Medicare Part B covers 100 percent of the Medicare-approved amount for fecal occult blood tests, flexible sigmoidoscopies, colonoscopies, and multi-target stool DNA tests, and 80 percent for barium enemas for colorectal cancer scr...
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Do your part by knowing the latest coding and billing guidelines. By Renee Dustman Fact No. 1: Colorectal cancer affects both men and women, and is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. (Newly upgraded from second place.) Fact No. 2: Colorectal cancer is highly ...
In Coding
Jan 19th, 2015
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract that most frequently affects the end of the small bowel and the beginning of the large bowel. Potential symptoms include persistent diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, fever, rectal bleeding, fatigue, loss of appetite, and weight loss. The disease is not limited to the gastrointestinal tract, and ...