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..
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the updated ICD-10-CM codes for 2019 – which will be effective Oct. 1, 2018 – and if you haven’t already guessed, the revisions mostly aim to make the codes more specific. Get ready to take More..
Think fast: How quickly can you memorize more than 100 changes? You’d better have an idea, as that’s what you’ll have to do to keep up with the new general surgery ICD-10-CM codes—which take effect October 1, 2018. With 64 additions, 74 revisions, and 3 More..
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..
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..
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: 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..
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..
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..
Why are modifiers 25 and 59 causing so many billing and compliance problems lately? Payers are claiming that providers are frequently misusing these modifiers, which often leads to overbilling – a big no-no. Modifiers 25 and 59 are typically high-risk, with rampant misuse, and cause More..