Urology

2019 Skills Upgrade: Master the New Urology ICD-10 Codes

Codes for urethral stricture & diagnostic imaging of the testis get a makeover

In the 2019 ICD-10-CM release, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled a total of 473 code changes, including 279 brand-new codes. And urology is among the top 10 specialties facing significant diagnostic coding changes for 2019. The scoop: Most of the new More..

Diagnostic Radiology

2019 Coding for Radiology: No X-Ray Vision Required! Get a Sneak Peek at the Changes

This year’s changes include added codes for new technology, more specific codes to avoid using ‘other’

As you well know, diagnostic radiology requires precision when it comes to coding – so much so that you probably wish you had x-ray vision to quickly assess the situation and pick the right code. Because of the high volume of their work, diagnostic radiologists More..

Gastroenterology

Digest These 16 New ICD-10 Codes for Gastroenterology in FY 2019

New appendicitis, gallbladder disorder codes add specificity to avoid overusing ‘other’ or ‘unspecified’

As an experienced coder, you’ve probably been keeping up with all the news about the ICD-10-CM codes effective Oct. 1, 2018. Which means you’ve heard a lot about one word: “other.” Yes, this word has been getting attention in coding circles as payers are tiring More..

ICD-10 Cardiology

2019 ICD-10 for Cardiology: New Codes Help You Avoid Billing For ‘Other’

While some catch-all codes remain, you’ll need them less come this October 1

Have you ever stopped to wonder about “other” Cardiology codes, such as E78.4 for “other” hyperlipidemia? While these catch-all codes have their purpose—i.e., for when there’s really no more specific code to capture what the doctor describes happened—with the newly added 2019 ICD-10-CM codes, you’ll More..

Anesthesia Modifiers

Anesthesia Modifiers: Fix This Top Billing Error—Easily

To get reimbursed on time, know who performed services

Anesthesia modifiers: They’re an integral part of anesthesia coding and billing, but are you using them properly? It’s no easy task given the sheer number and different types of modifiers: from Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®), Relative Value Guide (RVG®) and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System More..

Ligature Risk

Take 4 Major Steps to Comply with CMS/TJC Ligature Risk Standards

Beware: You’ll have only 60 days to correct suicide-risk deficiencies

Psychiatric hospitals and psychiatric units within general hospitals aren’t the only places that must comply with ligature risk-related safety regulations. Now, The Joint Commission (TJC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are cracking down on all hospitals and other healthcare settings to More..

ICD-10 Psychiatry Coding

Upgrade Your 2019 ICD-10 Psychiatry Coding for ‘Faked’ Illness

Factitious disorder codes now distinguish between ‘imposed on another’ & ‘imposed on self’

Factitious disorder: You may have heard this term under another name (Munchausen syndrome), and it’s one you’ll definitely need to know for the new ICD-10-CM mental health codes taking effect October 1, 2018. Out of the 55 added and revised psychiatry codes, six are devoted More..