In Coding
May 21st, 2018
What is chikungunya, and how do you code it? Chikungunya is an alphavirus[1] transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The virus was first detected in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It entered the Caribbean in 2013, and has since caused a widespread and ongoing epidemic in North ...
May 21st, 2018
Twenty-three National Coverage Determinations (NCDs) for clinical diagnostic laboratory services have been updated to reflect the April 2018 quarterly release of the edit module for such services. ICD-10-CM codes in effect April 1 affect coverage for several common lab tests. Note ICD-10-CM Code Changes in Lab NCDs The following lab NCDs add/delete ICD-10-CM codes from the ...
In Billing
May 9th, 2018
Since the implementation of the hospice benefit in 1983, the number of Medicare beneficiaries receiving hospice services has grown from 513,000 in 2000 to nearly 1.5 million in 2017. Over the years, there have been changes in the diagnosis patterns among Medicare hospice enrollees — largely due to changes in coverage. In 2002, lung cancer ...
Secure payment and see fewer claim losses to  gain revenue for your practice. Submitting claims to insurance companies is the easiest part of billing. The bigger problem is securing payment. Knowing what the hold up is may be half your battle. Keep Your Eye on the Clock If you filed claims back in January and, come November, ...
Breathe easier knowing the 2018 ICD-10 code updates for respiratory ailments. Coding Clinic (Fourth Quarter, 2017) provides updated information on how to properly report pulmonary diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Here’s what you need to know. COPD Unspecified and Asthma Unspecified According to Coding Clinic, if COPD and asthma are unspecified in the ...