A review of Major Disease Category 18, Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Systemic or Unspecified Sites. Systemic inflammatory response syndrome, or SIRS, due to a noninfectious cause can be confusing. SIRS caused by noninfectious conditions occurs in medical and surgical cases alike. Coding guidelines prohibit the use of codes R65.10, noninfectious…
There will be 392 new PCS codes; eight revision titles; and 216 deleted codes.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released and posted the fiscal year (FY) 2019 ICD-10-PCS (procedural coding system) changes. The files contain information on the ICD-10-PCS updates for FY 2019 that all hospital inpatient…
I chose the titular subject for this article because many of us have been focusing on ICD-10-CM and PCS – and while CM is used by both inpatient and outpatient coders, we may have lost sight of CPT and HCPCS.CPT® and HCPCS education is as important as ICD-10, especially considering the…
Of all the challenges associated with the transition to ICD-10-PCS, coding spinal fusion procedures is by far the most difficult to tackle, in this author’s opinion. Even after training, many coders still struggle with the complexities of coding these procedures. This article focuses on the importance of thoroughly reviewing operative…
With the 2017 ICD-10-CM and PCS coding update on the horizon, we in the healthcare industry have a lot to talk about.One of the most important and possibly controversial updates affects Section I of the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. This new guideline, titled Code assignment and Clinical…
When I think back on all of the road trips I went on with my family when I was a child, I don’t remember how many miles we drove. We once traveled from Arizona to West Virginia – quite a long trek across the country. But what I do remember…
Though ICD-10-PCS (procedure) codes are only required for billing purposes on inpatient claims, ICD10monitor wanted to know how many of you are using them for your outpatient claims.For billing purposes, facilities are only required to code and submit CPT® codes for outpatient services; however, pre-ICD-10 implementation, many facilities captured both…
With the release of the new ICD-10-PCS codes for the 2017 fiscal year effective October 2016, we certainly are hearing lots of discussion and opinions. There are 3,827 new hospital inpatient procedure codes, and 97 percent will update the cardiovascular and lower joint body systems, per the Centers for Medicare…
Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are produced in bone marrow. These stem cells are responsible for the constant renewal of blood, with the production of billions of blood cells every day.What is amazing about an HSC is the fact that it can differentiate itself into a variety of cells. An HSC…
Laurie McBriertyDee LangHolly LouieWith industry reports indicating that ICD-10 and the DRG shift are likely to cost healthcare organizations approximately one-third of their net revenue from the impact on denied claims, ICD10monitor is producing a live special edition broadcast of healthcare’s first coding summit, scheduled for May 19. The announcement was…
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