In Coding
Jun 1st, 2019
The root cause of the dementia will lead you to the correct diagnosis code. A diagnosis of “dementia” requires us to first understand the term. According to the Alzheimer’s Association: Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Dementia is not a specific disease. It ...
Amyloid imaging in the Imaging Dementia — Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) Study is a Medicare-approved coverage with evidence development (CED) procedure. This nuclear medicine procedure uses positron emission tomography (PET) imaging to examine how amyloid plaques (a core feature of Alzheimer’s disease) in the brain help to guide doctors in patient treatment, and whether ...
Apr 1st, 2013
By Penny Osmon Bahr, BA, CPC, CPC-I, CHC, PCS The 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule makes several changes to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). Providers who begin reporting now in accordance with these changes stand to gain incentive payments, while those who don’t will soon suffer economic consequences. Incentives: The Good, ...
Jan 1st, 2013
By Trina Cuppett, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I Factor in the assessment, behavioral disturbances, and cause. Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and senility are often confused and mistakenly grouped together as if these conditions were synonymous. By differentiating these terms, you can be more confident assigning diagnosis codes to accurately reflect clinical documentation. Define Dementia Dementia is a broad term ...
In Coding
Aug 9th, 2012
Imagine coming home from the hospital after having brain surgery only to find out you may have been infected with a deadly disease. Here’s how I imagine that conversation would go: Hospital: “Dear Mr. Doe, we regretfully inform you that you may have been exposed to a fatal disease during your hospital stay.” Patient: “Say ...