Jun 1st, 2012
Fight for your right to be paid for properly documented claims. By G.J. Verhovshek When commenting on Abraham Morse’s, MD, MBA, article “Same-day E/M and Office Procedure: Yes, You Can!” (March 2012 Coding Edge, pages 16-17), several readers shared that insurers (including Medicare contractors) routinely deny evaluation and management (E/M) claims when reported with other ...
Sep 1st, 2011
When accurate diagnosis coding pressure builds, look at location and hemorrhaging for each. By Marcella Bucknam, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, CCC, COBGC, CCS, CCS-P Diverticula are small “pouches” that poke through the muscle wall of the intestines, generally due to pressure within the intestine. They occur most frequently in the sigmoid colon (where internal pressure ...
In CMS
May 14th, 2009
Despite the planned implementation of ICD-10 in 2013, it’s business as usual for ICD-9-CM as more than 140 new and 40 changed diagnostic codes are proposed for the 2010 fiscal year release of the diagnostic system. The draft codes are included in the proposed rule for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS), and comment is ...
Nov 1st, 2008
September Meeting Offers Surprises, Old Arguments By Tina Cressman, MALS, CPC, CPC-I, CPC-H-I, CPC-P, CCS-P, MCS-P, MCS-I, CMC Where were you when you first learned about ICD-9-CM? If you have been in health care since 1977, when it was first proposed, you remember when ICD-9-CM was new and exciting. If you have any old ICD-9-CM ...