Injections and Infusions for Chemotherapy

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS Medical Coding Leave a Comment

Coding Injections and Infusions for Chemotherapy Coding injections and infusions of chemotherapy agents often seems a little daunting, but understanding a few foundational definitions and principles can make code selection much easier. Read on to review the basics of injection and infusion coding that apply when reporting the administration of chemotherapy. Injections ...

Coding Spinal Fusion: PCS vs. CPT

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Coding Spinal Fusion: PCS vs. CPT When circumstances call for coding the same procedure in both CPT and ICD-10-PCS, a number of variables can make it challenging to get the coding right. For instance, the rules and guidelines that dictate whether an accessory procedure is integral to the primary procedure or separately reportable vary with the type of codes you are using.

Obstetrical Inpatient Diagnosis Coding - A Refresher

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

OBSTETRICAL INPATIENT DIAGNOSIS CODING – A REFRESHER Obstetrics is to coding as cats are to animal lovers, you either love or dislike that subset of coding (or the animal kingdom) and there's no in-between. Sometimes a refresher of the highlights related to obstetrical coding can be beneficial for ensuring accurate coding for this type of record or even re-ignite an...

Considering a Career in Medical Coding?

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Finding a Career in Medical Coding Choosing Coding for a Career The demand for medical coders is growing. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects this field to grow by 22% through 2026, and it's not a coincidence. Coding is a great career choice for anyone who wants to be in a non-patient facing position within the healthcare industry. It also offers the benefits...

2021 CPT Code Updates

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2021 CPT Code Updates It’s the most wonderful time of the year…annual CPT code updates! Who doesn’t love a good code update, right? Well, for 2021, AMA gives the people what they want with the release of 329 changes to CPT as outlined below and all changes going into effect January 1, 2021. · 206 new codes · 54 code deletions · 69 code revisions Keep reading to get a...

To Code or Not to Code? Diagnostic Angiography with Therapeutic Interventions

Stacie L. Buck, RHIA, CCS-P, RCC, RCCIR, CIRCC Medical Coding Leave a Comment

To Code or Not to Code? That is the Question. Diagnostic Angiography with Therapeutic Interventions Stacie L. Buck, RHIA, CCS-P, RCC, RCCIR, CIRCC: President & Senior Consultant, RadRx One of the most common inquiries I receive about interventional radiology procedures is how to determine when to code for angiograms performed during the same session as a therapeutic...

Coding COVID-19 Infection in Newborns

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Coding COVID-19 Infection in Newborns With the 2021 updates to the ICD-10-CM code classification came 14 new chapter specific guidelines. All but one of these guidelines is related to the coding of COVID-19 infection. Needless to say, COVID-19 is a big deal, and getting the coding for this condition correct has implications for both payment considerations and statistical...

New FY 2021 Coding Guideline Updates Part III

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Read parts 1 and 2 of this blog for more information about ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS updates. FY 2021 Coding Guideline Updates:  The past two weeks we have discussed the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding changes effective October 1st, 2020. This week we will be reviewing any corresponding FY 2021 Coding Guideline Updates that are new or revised because of the annual coding...

ICD-10-PCS : NEW FY 2021 Coding Updates Part II

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ICD-10-PCS FY 2021 Updates Read Part 1, ICS-10-CM Coding Updates Here. as well as Part 3, Coding Guideline Updates, Here  The ICD-10-PCS update for FY 2021 will go into effect on October 1, 2020 and will cover patient discharges occurring from October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021. This year’s updates include the addition of 544 new codes. There are no deleted, nor...

New FY 2021 Coding Updates Part I: ICD-10-CM

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Read parts 2 and 3 of this blog for more updates on ICD-10-PCS and Coding Guideline Updates. ICD-10-CM Coding Updates effective October 1, 2020 (FY 2021) It is that time of year when the ICD-10-CM and PCS changes are right around the corner. Set to take effect on October 1, 2020 there are numerous updates to Official Coding Guidelines, ICD-10-CM, and ICD-10-PCS. Medical...

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