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March is National Nutrition Month. In honor of National Nutrition Month (March), here is a review of weight-related diagnoses. The Official Coding and Reporting Guidelines for ICD-10-CM state that other clinicians may document body mass index (BMI), but the provider must document the weight diagnosis. The BMI codes are found…
The new code is expected to be here in October. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the broadcast script from Dr. Erica Remer’s segment during Talk Ten Tuesdays, March 16, 2021. One of the highlights of my year, and most definitely in this past year, is participating in the ICD-10-CM Coordination and…
The dilemma of coding COVID-19 is revealed. One of the things that delights me about ICD-10-CM is that I find new codes (codes new to me, that is) almost daily. And I also think ICD-10-CM is pretty logical; the answers to conundrums are there, if you have faith that almost…
Vaccine administration and product codes are expanding. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  (CMS) released updates to the ICD-10-PCS codes on Dec. 1, 2020, while the most recent release of CPT® codes was Jan. 25, 2021.  With the release of vaccines, the American Medical Association (AMA) has released frequent…
As we near the end of what some consider the most unprecedented year in coding, there are more updates to review and decipher in preparation for 2021.   As the science around the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, there remain many unknowns of post-COVID-related conditions. There is an ongoing and…
New procedure codes do not impact the MS-DRG assignment. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released 21 new ICD-10-PCS codes that apply to the vaccination or treatment of COVID-19. These codes are effective January 1, 2021.  The procedure codes introduce six specific medications that can be used for…
Dysrhythmias like complete heart block, AF, and SSS all fall into HCC 96, with a risk adjustment factor of 0.268. Our listeners and readers ask the most interesting questions! One named Dena recently wrote me and said, “I am an HCC coder, and there is a hot debate about coding…
Some third-party payers have reimbursed and will continue to reimburse providers for this new CPT code; others won’t. The American Medical Association (AMA) published a new CPT® code on Sept. 8 that accounts for extra provisions to ensure patient and provider safety during a public health emergency (PHE).  The code is effective immediately: CPT 99072 – Additional supplies, materials, and clinical…
If a patient has COVID-19 and pneumonia, he or she should be admitted to a skilled nursing facility (SNF) at the hospital until the patient tests negative. There are frequent coding questions for non-acute care facilities posted in coding listservs. One official resource that will assist in answering questions for…
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and it seems additionally appropriate to review diabetes when there is a focus on chronic diseases.     According to the World Health Organization (WHO), diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin…