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 ...
Not knowing the most current edits can cause costly coding errors. Each quarter, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) releases an updated version of the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) procedure-to-procedure (PTP) edits and medically unlikely edits (MUEs). The NCCI Policy Manual for Medicare Services (Policy Manual) that explains many of these edits ...
May 1st, 2012
With a trend moving toward hospital care, consider chargemaster basics. By Dorothy Steed, CPA, CPC-H, CPC-I, CEMC, CFPC, CPMA, CHCC, CPUM, CPUR, CPHM, CCS-P, ACS-OP, RCC, RMC As more physicians head under the hospital umbrella to furnish cost-effective care, opportunities are opening for coders in the facility environment. Your doctor may be considering a move ...
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May 14th, 2010
The Medicare Improvements for Providers and Patients Act of 2008 (MIPPA) provides a covered benefit for a physician-supervised comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) program under Medicare Part B, effective Jan. 1 for claims processed on or after Oct. 4. Medicare Adds Pulmonary Rehab as Covered Benefit was last modified: July 5th, 2011 by admin aapc...
Apr 1st, 2008
Here’s What to Do … By Nancy Reading RN, BS, CPC, CPC-I A member recently inquired, “Where can I safely count clubbing of the fingers on physical examination?” This question begs an issue that faces coders every day. We think we know the answer because that’s how we always do it, or that is how ...