May 1st, 2012
With so many different interpretations to coding rules, your practice can’t afford not to create one. By Pam Brooks, CPC If coding were described as a color, it would be gray. Even with CPT®, ICD-9-CM, and HCPCS Level II guidelines, and despite regulatory guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Office ...
Aug 1st, 2011
Capture conditions with clear, concise documentation to increase reimbursement and decrease risks. By Karen Stanley, MBA, RN A clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program is a great way to ensure your facility is capturing all relevant details of a patient/provider encounter. This, in turn, boosts clinical and financial outcomes. CDI programs began in the 1990s. Most ...
In Coding
Jan 3rd, 2011
The American Medical Association (AMA) recently published updates to CPT® Category I and III codes for 2011. The AMA has made a couple of noteworthy changes to its original CPT® 2011 corrections document. To ensure accurate reporting of health care services, you’ll need to correct your codebook with a parenthetical note in the Surgery section and an introductory ...