In Coding
Oct 24th, 2019
Official diagnosis coding guidance for 2019 healthcare encounters and deaths associated with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) was released Oct. 17. Until we have more specific codes, we are instructed to “Assign as many codes, as appropriate.” According to this ICD-10-CM Official Coding Guidelines – Supplement “Coding encounters related to E-cigarette, ...
Mar 19th, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is considering to remove two national coverage determinations (NCDs). As required by law, CMS has initiated a 30-day public comment period before making a final decision. The NCDS up for possible removal are: 110.14  Apheresis (therapeutic pheresis) 210.4  Smoking and Tobacco-Use Cessation Counseling (section 210.4.1 would remain) The ...
In Coding
Jul 13th, 2012
Just six months into 2012 and already over 16 million people with original Medicare have received at least one preventive service at no cost to them, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced July 10. If last year is any indication, that number will double by the end of the ...
Jan 1st, 2011
By Jill M. Young, CPC, CEDC, CIMC Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive disease that causes coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms. The leading cause of COPD is smoking; most people who smoke, or have smoked, have some form of COPD. In 2007, an estimated 12.1 million Americans had ...
In CMS
Aug 27th, 2010
Under the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is expanding Medicare coverage of evidence-based tobacco cessation counseling. Effective Jan. 1, 2011, any smoker covered by Medicare can receive tobacco cessation counseling from a qualified physician or other Medicare-recognized practitioner. Current Medicare policy covers tobacco counseling only for individuals...