Know the lingo, sequencing, and progression to capture the correct condition codes. Diagnostic coding for neoplasms — especially malignant neoplasms — affects not only provider payment, but (more significantly) patient outcomes and healthcare priorities. The National Cancer Institute estimated that in 2018 more than 1.7 million new cases of cancer would be diagnosed in the ...
Diagnosis code choice relies on a thorough understanding of the four classifications of abnormal cell growth severity. The good news about cancer coding is that it is generally straightforward. If you can familiarize yourself with a few key pathology words, you’ll be headed in the right direction. Stages of Cancer Cancer is not a disease ...
Understanding this devastating disease is key to accurate ICD-10-CM code selection. Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women in the United States, but is the deadliest of the gynecologic cancers, with a five-year survival rate of 46.5 percent. Because of the location of the ovaries in the body, most ovarian cancers go undiagnosed ...
Feb 1st, 2014
Know your guidance to maintain compliant coding. By Elizabeth Wernet, CPC, CHONC ICD-10-CM and the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting 2014 bring new guidance for hematology and oncology coders. Take the time now to become familiar and fully understand the official guidelines to ensure later that your coding is accurate, consistent, and compliant—the ...
Sep 1st, 2011
Plus, significant other changes make way for more precise diagnosis reporting. By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an updated ICD-9-CM code set, effective Oct. 1, 2011. The nearly 250 changes include more than a few minor descriptor revisions, but also significant code additions. Among these, the ...