In Coding
Jul 31st, 2019
The pesky illness can be diagnosed properly by knowing the signs and symptoms and detecting it with pathology. Lyme disease is a common vector-borne illness in the United States, with more than 300,000 cases each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The most prevalent areas for outbreaks are in the ...
In Billing
Jul 25th, 2019
Effective Oct. 1, 2019, ophthalmology coders will be able to report orbital roof and wall fractures with the utmost of specificity thanks to the creation of several new ICD-10-CM codes. Lack of Specificity Presents a Problem Presently, there is only one diagnosis code, S02.3- Fracture of orbital floor, to report orbital bone fractures, and only ...
In CMS
Jun 21st, 2019
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released on June 20 the ICD-10-CM code descriptions, tables and index, and addendum for fiscal year 2020. There are 273 additions, 21 deletions, and 30 revisions, effective Oct. 1, 2019, which will increase the code set from 71,932 to 72,184 diagnoses. Chapter Review The majority of changes ...
In Coding
May 7th, 2019
Excludes 1 and 2 notes often hold the key to preventing claims denials. There are two type of excludes notes in the ICD-10-CM classification system: Excludes 1 and Excludes 2. Medical coders need to understand the meaning of these notes because they are integral to correct coding, and payers are beginning to deny claims based ...
In Coding
Apr 8th, 2019
A doctor notes in a patient’s medical record, “C. auris.” How do you code this? Hopefully, you’ll never come across this diagnosis in a chart beyond this hypothetical scenario, but the odds you will are increasing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers C. auris an emerging pathogen because increasing numbers of infections ...