There’s a painful fact about medicine today, one practitioners and healthcare organizations are often hesitant to talk about: Physicians choose to end their lives at a rate of around twice the rest of the general population. Exact numbers are hard to come by because of inaccurate or misleading cause-of-death coding and likely under-reporting. According to ...
When abusers prescribe controlled drugs, there are three steps you can take to help reduce compliance risks. When medical providers have access to controlled substances, there’s an opportunity for them to intercept health documents and to fill prescriptions for illicit personal purposes. In such instances, you must follow the guidelines regarding the use of controlled ...
In Coding
Jan 2nd, 2019
When coding opioid use disorder, you’ll need to know the sequencing rules to select an appropriate ICD-10-CM code. Opioid abuse, addiction, and overdoses are a serious public health problem. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids, every day. The Centers for ...
In Coding
Dec 5th, 2016
When reporting a patient’s drug use, abuse, or dependence, ICD-10-CM guideline 5.C.2 states: Psychoactive Substance Use, Abuse And Dependence When the provider documentation refers to use, abuse and dependence of the same substance (e.g. alcohol, opioid, cannabis, etc.), only one code should be assigned to identify the pattern of use based on the following hierarchy: ...
Apr 6th, 2016
On March 29, the Centers or Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a mental health and substance use disorder parity rule for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage. The final rule will bolster access to mental health and substance use disorder benefits for low-income Americans. The final rule was announced during the President ...