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The code assignment is not based on clinical criteria used by the provider to establish the diagnosis. Referring to the contentious ICD-10-CM Guideline I.A.19, which indicates that assignment of a diagnosis code is based on the provider’s diagnostic statement that a condition exists, Erica Remer, MD said during Tuesday’s Talk-Ten-Tuesdays…
Not billing the APP service can result in serious revenue cycle errors. Many providers are still struggling with the non-physician practitioner (NPP) billing rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Most facilities are now referring to NPPs as Advanced Practitioner Professionals or APPs. I get questions all…
The report cites the need for more work by providers. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on patient matching dropped last Wednesday. The industry had been waiting for the report since the 2016 passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, which included a provision for the GAO to report on…
The U.S. is in the middle of flu season this month and the opioid crisis appears unabated. There are several public health issues that are impacting the United States at the moment, and this article will focus on two of them: flu immunization and the opioid epidemic, in particular.   Have…
Noncompliant queries can be overt or subtle.The underlying hallmark of clinical documentation integrity (CDI) programs is the query process utilized to clarify documentation from a diagnosis perspective. Much emphasis is placed upon ensuring the issuing of a compliant query by the clinical documentation integrity specialists, reinforced by the American Health…
Interoperability is seen as the first step to using data for health improvement. I expect that 2019 will be the “Year of Interoperability”.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), through its hospital and physician incentive programs, is asking providers to have their electronic health records (EHRs) capable of…
Rapidly shifting societal demographics impact SDoH. 2018 saw the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) rise to be among the most popular hot topics for the healthcare industry. In 2018 alone: $1.7 trillion in care was attributed to 5 percent of the population. ICD-10 coding reimbursement for the SDoH took place…
Clinical validation denials continue to climb. When payers issue clinical validation denials, they challenge diagnoses documented in the chart by the providers caring for the patient. Sometimes, it’s not simply the validity of diagnoses in question, but whether coding rules were violated.  This being the case, assessment and subsequent potential…