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Discharge Planning Conditions of Participation is effective Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. In a news release issued late last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) included the following statement: “The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a final rule that empowers patients to make informed…
E&M codes are the most frequently used codes in any physician practice. Change is coming to the world of evaluation and management (E&M) services. With the Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule for 2020 now published, we know there are big changes to be expected in 2021. The good news is…
HCCs thrive on specificity and ICD-11 will provide a higher level of specificity than in ICD-10. For those of you who are coding for hierarchical condition category (HCC) purposes, you know that HCCs are categories of related ICD-10 codes. Only selected significant conditions to drive a payment HCC. That means…
There are lessons to be learned to avoid damaging coding habits. Wound debridement is a medical procedure that removes infected, damaged, or dead tissue to promote healing. Debridement is generally associated with injuries, infections, wounds, and/or ulcers. It is also a procedure that may be part of fracture care as…
Providers and the CDC may be setting up a coding-clinical disconnect. EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Erica Remer reported this story live during the Nov. 19 edition of Talk Ten Tuesday. The following is an edited transcript of her reporting. Since I don’t practice clinically anymore, it is challenging to keep up…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Ten Going on Eleven is a month-long series on ICD10monitor and Talk Ten Tuesdays that examine important issues related to the transition to ICD-11. Melanie Endicott with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) appeared as a special guest on a recent edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays and…
Tips for improving outpatient coding, CDI and billing. In moving from inpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI) to outpatient CDI, I have been discovering some unique educational pointers. I know we are all very busy, so let’s just dive right into it. Doctors and coders, you should not have diagnoses that…
Providers should review their protocols to prepare for the changes. The 2020 updates to ICD-10-CM contain some significant changes to Chapter 12, Diseases of the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue. These changes include the addition of new codes for the reporting of pressure-induced deep-tissue damage, also known as deep-tissue pressure injury…