Understand consent laws and other factors that affect HIV diagnosis coding. By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC, and Renee Dustman Q : I’ve been told that, depending on the patient’s insurance carrier, a written consent must be obtained from the patient before an HIV diagnosis may be reported on a claim form. I’ve had no luck researching the ...
Aug 1st, 2011
Report what documentation tells you, or you could be hurting the patient. By Debra Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H Imagine this patient encounter: A 67-year-old female complains of a painful lump on her elbow. The physician performs an assessment and takes a biopsy. Both the office visit and the biopsy are linked to ICD-9-CM code 757.8 Other ...
Mar 1st, 2011
Make Assigning HIV and AIDS Diagnosis Codes Straight Forward. By Katherine Abel, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CMRS Assigning ICD-9-CM codes for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) isn’t as straightforward as it initially appears. Observing a few simple but very important rules outlined in the ICD-9-CM Official Coding Guidelines (section I. C., chapter ...