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 ...
Don’t let billing these services strike with a thunderclap of pain. The thunderclap headache heralding reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) is described by sufferers as just that: a thunderclap. There is no warning before the unimaginable pain brings you to your knees. Inside the head, arteries supplying the brain with blood constrict or dilate. The ...
As a Certified Risk Adjustment Coder (CRC™), you’re an advocate for payers, providers, and patients. By Richard “Rik” Salomon, CPC, CRC HCC (hierarchical condition category) coding affects payers, providers, and patients in every setting. But capturing HCC codes in the emergency department (ED) is complicated because of the urgency to process patients quickly. Primary care ...
Encounter codes require knowing sequencing guidelines and Medicare exceptions. When applied correctly, Z codes improve claims accuracy and specificity, and help to establish medical necessity for treatment. That’s reason enough to get to know them better. The Importance of Z Codes Z codes, found in Chapter 21: Factors Influencing Health Status and Contact with Health ...
2018 ICD-10-CM coding updates expand your options for specificity. For 2018, ICD-10-CM Chapter 9: Diseases of the Circulatory System (I00-I99) includes expanded code choices for pulmonary hypertension. Let’s review what you need to know to report these conditions appropriately. Understand Hypertension Hypertension (high blood pressure) is when the force of the blood against the artery ...