Action applies to the Medicare Accelerated and Advanced Payment Loan Program. In March, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded the Accelerated and Advanced Payment Program (AAP) due to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), in an effort to increase cash flow to providers. Under the current terms, repayment for…
The Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Final Rule for the 2021 fiscal year has been finalized, including updates to the guidelines that need to be implemented for ICD-10-CM and PCS. The following is an overview of what’s in store for guideline changes, come Oct. 1. For ICD-10-CM, there are 14…
The FY21 ICD-10-CM codes will be finalized this month. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final FY21 ICD-10-PCS codes on May 28, 2020 which was earlier than expected.  The table below will show the changes between Final FY20, Proposed FY21, and Final FY21: Section FY20 Proposed…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Erica Remer reported this story live during the Dec. 3 edition of Talk Ten Tuesday. The following is an edited transcript of her reporting. A Medscape survey popped up in my email a few weeks ago. The title was, “Is Technology Replacing Patient History?” (https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/921235) and it linked…
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…
The five-week series will highlight progress made during the implementation of the coding set that became effective Oct. 1, 2015. ICD10monitor and Talk Ten Tuesdays are poised to embark on a five-week series, “Five Looking at Ten,” that will focus on the lessons learned during the adoption of ICD-10 that…
Electronic alerts for systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS). EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Erica Remer reported this story live during the Sept. 24 edition of Talk Ten Tuesday. The following is an edited transcript of her reporting. Dr. Ronald Hirsch recently brought an article to my attention, and I felt compelled to share…
New patient management service codes. The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) recently added several patient management service codes that have face to face and non-face-to-face components to them for physician reimbursement. One of those services is transition care management (TCM). These CPT® codes allow for reimbursement of the care provided…
Congress can’t seem to resist tinkering with healthcare through legislation. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a lightly edited transcript of remarks made by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Vice President of Congressional Affairs Leslie Krigstein during last week’s edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays. As the sultry D.C.…
Cutting and pasting functions in the EMR and EHR can damage the integrity of the medical record. The practice of cloned or copied-and-pasted documentation is a significant issue in the use of electronic health records (EHRs). A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that…