COVID-19 and Its Impact on Cancer Programs

Suzanne Neve, RHIA, CTR - Director, Cancer Registry Medical Coding Leave a Comment

As we continue to feel the impact of COVID-19 in the United States and continue canceling meetings to avoid travel and risks of exposure, many families are also concerned about their loved ones currently going through cancer treatment.  And many others are currently being diagnosed with cancer during this worldwide pandemic.  The big question is how does this impact...

COVID-19 Coding Implications Beyond U07.1

Cathie Wilde, RHIA, CCS - Director, Coding Services Covid-19 Leave a Comment

The current pandemic has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to take the unusual step of establishing a unique ICD-10 code for COVID-19 cases, U07.1 five months prior to the traditional U.S. implementation date for new codes. The use of the code became effective with April 1, 2020 discharges and was accompanied by updated coding guidance to the ICD-10-CM Official...

Telemedicine and COVID-19 Follow Up – Where Are We Now?

Erika Stevens, CPC - Senior Professional Physician Coding Specialist Medical Coding 1 Comment

What Does CMS Say?  Congress passed wavier 1135 that states Medicare and other commercial carriers have temporarily expanded services for reimbursement on several telehealth services.  Click here for list of covered services during this Public Health Emergency (PHE) due to COVID-19.  For additional information on COVID-19, click here.  CMS is now releasing News Alerts...

Are You Ready to Code TeleHealth?

Erika Stevens, CPC - Senior Professional Physician Coding Specialist Medical Coding Leave a Comment

Making changes on the fly is never easy in any industry, especially healthcare - figuring out what platform to use, training staff and patients on how to operate video conferences, but more importantly, will you get paid? With the Corona Pandemic turning our revenue cycle upside-down due to the cancelling of most elective procedures, it’s more important than ever that we...

Three ways to deal with a coding surge from Corona

Charlie Saponaro - CEO Medical Coding Leave a Comment

In this environment it’s hard to know what tomorrow will bring. If you watch the news, all you’ll see is a lack of hospital beds and overwhelming patient volumes. Meanwhile, hospitals and clinics around the country are laying off staff because elective and non-emergent procedures have been cancelled to clear the decks for COVID patients. To add to the complexity, many...

Are you Charging Correctly for Infusions & Injections?

Marianne Loeffler, COC, CPC, CPC-I, CRCR - MRA Charge Audit Validator Medical Coding Leave a Comment

By Marianne Loeffler, COC, CPC, CPC-I, CRCR, MRA Charge Audit Validator Infusions & Injections are confusing – even on a good day. Facilities often leave money on the table – and a lot of it – simply because knowledge and resources may be limited.  This article will briefly discuss the key elements to be aware of when reviewing documentation to accurately code injections...

Coding Tips on TAVR Procedure

Carrie Pfeifle, BS, RHIT - Coding Audit Manager Auditing 1 Comment

By: Carrie Pfeifle, BS, RHIT | Coding Audit Manager @ MRA Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is also known as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI). Medicare officially refers to this as TAVR/TAVI, but either single acronym is correct. TAVR is a transcatheter surgical procedure in which an aortic valve replacement is performed without removing the...

Top 5 Highlights FY 2020 Coding Changes

Cathie Wilde, RHIA, CCS - Director, Coding Services Education 1 Comment

The FY 2020 IPPS final rule was released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) on August 2, 2019.[1] Below are five highlights to be aware of regarding changes to ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and corresponding official guidelines in FY 2020. ICD-10-CM[2] Effective October 1, 2019 there are 273 new ICD-10-CM codes, 21 deleted ICD-10-CM codes and 30...

Why Coding Update Education is Important and the Benefits

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS CPT updates Leave a Comment

Do you ever feel like by the time your organization and coders get used to one regulation, the rules change?  These frequent changes and the rapid pace of healthcare technology and trends make it critically important to ensure compliance and ongoing training and education is provided for coding professionals.  Judging from the sheer volume of codes can be...

Back to the Basics: How to Do an Internal Coding Audit

Cathie Wilde, RHIA, CCS - Director, Coding Services Auditing 1 Comment

Internal coding audits are an important tool in any hospital’s compliance program. They illuminate potential areas for corrections prior to scrutiny by payers and regulators, which can help reduce payer denials and protect revenue. Additionally, performing regular, ongoing internal auditing can improve clinical documentation and coding initiatives, enhance data...

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