In CMS
May 27th, 2016
A recent technical alert from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) outlines additional unspecified diagnosis codes the agency is excluding from both ICD-9 and ICD-10 reporting beginning January 2, 2017. CMS’ missive states the codes, “will not be accepted in the in the Alleged Cause of Injury, Incident or Illness (Field 15) or ...
Jan 27th, 2016
What coder doesn’t love weird diagnosis codes? If you loved researching strange diagnosis codes using ICD-9, I bet you were excited when ICD-10 came out and you had an overload of new codes to explore. It seems like there is a never ending supply of codes for bizarre predicaments that patients can land into. TopMedicalCodingSchools.com created a fun infographic ...
In CMS
Nov 4th, 2015
Metrics for Oct. 1-27 provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) indicate claims are processing normally, the agency claims. Especially heartening for CMS is that rejected claims, so far, are below the baseline in all but one category. Comparing claims during that period with historical data and results of this year’s end-to-end ...
In CMS
Sep 22nd, 2015
by John Verhovshek, MA, CPC ICD-10 is just a few weeks from “going live.” If your implementation plan involves using the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs) to “translate” your most common ICD-9 codes to ICD-10, you should (quickly) adopt a new plan. CMS created the General Equivalence Mappings, or ...
Sep 9th, 2015
By Brenda Edwards, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC A change of seasons. Clocks falling back an hour (in most places). Changing traffic patterns on the way to work because of back to school. We begin anticipating the new CPT® code set with the approaching AMA Symposium in November. And one of the biggest changes we will ...