Dec 1st, 2014
The ICD-9-CM hypertension table is eliminated and more concise codes capture the “silent killer.” by Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hypertension affects one in three adults in the United States, or approximately 68 million people. It contributes to one out of ...
Aug 1st, 2014
Be sure the medical record carries enough voltage to bypass reimbursement challenges. Physicians often use computer-generated electrocardiogram (ECG) reports as the baseline for their own interpretation and report. Computer-generated ECG reports, alone, do not meet the requirements to code and bill for the professional component of an ECG. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ...
Oct 1st, 2011
Brush up on anatomy and pathophysiology (A&P) to code ICD-10 effectively. By Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, and Donna L. Stewart, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I When you hear the term International Classification of Diseases (ICD), what comes to mind? Do you view ICD as a method of communicating a patient’s diagnosis to an insurance carrier ...
Jun 1st, 2010
By Holly J. Cassano, CPC As a Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) who supports emergency department (ED) physicians, I am often asked how to code appropriately for the physician component of critical care services in the ED. In response, I created these 10 commandments of critical care coding in the emergency room (ER). 1. Thou Shalt ...
Apr 1st, 2010
By G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC To comply with Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) requirements, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated chapter 32 of the Medicare Claims Processing Manual to define coverage and appropriate coding for cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs, intensive cardiac rehabilitation (ICR) programs, and pulmonary ...