In CMS
Aug 20th, 2019
Medical coders, billers, auditors, and other healthcare business professionals started Day 2 of AAPC’s Regional Conference in New York City getting the scoop on the proposed changes to evaluation and management (E/M) services coding and guidelines. E/M Guidelines Changes Are About Time Conference attendees were eager to hear Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CDEO, CIC, CPB, CPMA, ...
In Coding
Aug 20th, 2019
Know what to watch when coding bug bites, poison ivy, and heatstroke! Get ICD-10 pointers. Somehow it is mid-August already, and talk about 2020 code updates is buzzing. But summer 2019 isn’t done yet! How many of these warm-weather diagnoses have you coded so far this year? Verify Venom Before You Report That Bug Encounter ...
In CMS
Aug 13th, 2019
Changes to payment, coding, and documentation policies for evaluation and management (E/M) services finalized in the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule are necessary to align with the American Medical Association’s (AMA) revisions to the 2021 CPT code set for office/outpatient E/M visits, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The proposed policy changes for ...
In Coding
Aug 6th, 2019
Alert coders of Excludes1 conflicts to help you catch problems in problem lists and avoid costly denials and rework. By Rebecca Caux-Harry, CPC In April’s Healthcare Business Monthly (pages 56-57), in the article “Take the Problem Out of Problem Lists,” authors Mary Wood, CPC, CPC-I, and Michael Warner, DO, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, AAPC Fellow, include ...
In Audit
Aug 1st, 2019
Rik Salomon, CPC, CRC, CEDC, CEMA, CMCS, and I recently got into a rather spirited debate with a group of Certified Professional Coders (CPCs®) on coding guidelines and how they govern our medical coding. CPT® and ICD-10 guidelines are the primary determinants for how we code. We ignore all rules from Medicare and other payers ...