In Coding
May 23rd, 2013
By Betty Hovey, BA, CPC, CPC-I, CPC-H, CPCD, CCS-P, PCS, CCP, CIC, RMC On May 17, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released several important clarifications in their ICD-10 Industry Update email. There has been some confusion and frustration regarding the codes in Chapter 20, External Causes of Morbidity (V, W, X, ...
May 1st, 2013
ICD-10 is so specific that reporting unspecified codes will raise documentation red flags. By Shelly Cronin, CPC, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CGIC, CGSC Diagnosis coding is traditionally viewed as unessential to claims reimbursement; however, with ICD-10 that may change. Payers are going to great lengths to beef up their policies and to map their covered ...
Sep 19th, 2012
Unspecified ICD-9 codes should be avoided, according to Betty Hovey-Johnson, CPC, CPC-I, CPMA, CPC-H, CPC-D, AAPC’s ICD-10 director of development and training in a recent blog post for Getting Paid. “It will become even more important to avoid unspecified codes once ICD-10 takes effect in 2014,” she said. “That’s because ICD-10 includes more granular codes, ...