Correct coding and quality data are only attainable when you are up to date on both diagnosis code and guideline changes. The article “Use 2020 ICD-10-CM Codes for More Specific Medical Data Capture” (September, pages 14-16) provided you with a list of the new, deleted, and changed ICD-10-CM codes for 2020. Now let’s review the ...
In Coding
Sep 12th, 2019
Improved ICD-10-CM coding could lead to answers for what is causing the outbreak. Twenty-six people in 21 states have died from severe respiratory illness associated with vaping products used in e-cigarettes — all in the past few months. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of Oct. 8 more than 1,299 ...
In Coding
Sep 6th, 2019
Rationales for ICD-10-CM updates are key to improved medical coding, data reporting, and physician reimbursement. Many of the ICD-10-CM updates for 2020, presented at the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting on Sept. 11-12, 2018, provide insight into the purpose of subsequent code changes, which can help you to use the updated code set more ...
In Audit
Aug 27th, 2019
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) knows that a significant amount of money is being overpaid to insurance companies in the Medicare Advantage program, but they have yet to recover these overpayments. That’s about to change. CMS says it will increase the audits being performed on Medicare Advantage risk-adjusted code submissions and apply ...
In Coding
Aug 12th, 2019
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The more familiar you are with burn injuries and documentation, the easier it is to code the cases. Burn coding is challenging and requires you to consider multiple factors. Proper coding and documentation require an understanding of the types of burns, estimating burn extent based on age, and being familiar with how this estimation varies ...