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ICD-10 Code Updates for January 1st

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Be aware that new ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes took effect on January 1, 2021. Rarely have ICD-10-CM codes been released in January, but as you may have guessed, these changes are in relation to COVID-19. The information in this article will help your organization understand these changes.

CMS Final Rule Changes E/M Reporting Guidelines

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Just when we thought we had figured out Evaluation and Management (E/M) reporting for 2021, CMS released their final rule and now we will need to make some adjustments. While CMS stated that they were adopting the AMA guidelines for E/M office or other outpatient services, they did make a few changes.

CMS Final Rule Changes E/M Reporting Guidelines

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Just when we thought we had figured out Evaluation and Management (E/M) reporting for 2021, CMS released their final rule and now we will need to make some adjustments. While CMS stated that they were adopting the AMA guidelines for E/M office or other outpatient services, they did make a few changes.

ICD-10-CM 2021 Codes for your Specialty

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1. Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00-B99) Code:            Description:A84.81          Powassan virus diseaseA84.89          Other tick-borne viral encephalitisB60.00          Babesiosis, unspecifiedB60.01          Babesiosis due to Babesia microtiB60.02          Babesiosis due to Babesia duncaniB60.03        ...

ICD-10-CM 2021 Codes for your Specialty

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13. Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00-M99) Code:            Description:M05.7A          Rheumatoid arthritis with rheumatoid factor of other specified site without organ or systems involvementM05.8A          Other rheumatoid arthritis with rheumatoid factor of other specified siteM06.0A        ...

ICD-10-CM 2021 Codes for your Specialty

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15. Pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (O00-O9A) Code:            Description:O34.218        Maternal care for other type scar from previous cesarean deliveryO34.22          Maternal care for cesarean scar defect (isthmocele) O99.891        Other specified diseases and conditions complicating pregnancyO99.892        Other ...

ICD-10-CM 2021 Codes for your Specialty

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16. Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period (P00-P96) Code:            Description:P91.821         Neonatal cerebral infarction, right side of brainP91.822         Neonatal cerebral infarction, left side of brainP91.823         Neonatal cerebral infarction, bilateralP91.829         Neonatal cerebral infarction, unspecified side ...

ICD-10-CM 2021 Codes for your Specialty

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18. Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00-R99) Code:            Description:R51.0            Headache with orthostatic component, not elsewhere classifiedR51.9            Headache, unspecifiedR74.01          Elevation of levels of liver transaminase levelsR74.02     ...

ICD-10-CM 2021 Codes for your Specialty

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19. Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00-T88) Code:            Description:S20.213A      Contusion of bilateral front wall of thorax, initial encounterS20.213D      Contusion of bilateral front wall of thorax, subsequent encounterS20.213S      Contusion of bilateral front wall of thorax, sequelaS20.214A      Contusion of ...

ICD-10-CM 2021 Codes for your Specialty

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20. External causes of morbidity (V00-Y99) Code:            Description:V00.031A       Pedestrian on foot injured in collision with rider of standing electric scooter, initial encounterV00.031D       Pedestrian on foot injured in collision with rider of standing electric scooter, subsequent encounterV00.031S       Pedestrian on foot injured ...

ICD-10-CM 2021 Codes for your Specialty

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21. Factors influencing health status and contact with health services (Z00-Z99)    Code:            Description:Z03.821         Encounter for observation for suspected ingested foreign body ruled outZ03.822         Encounter for observation for suspected aspirated (inhaled) foreign body ruled outZ03.823         Encounter for ...

ICD-10-CM 2021 Codes for your Specialty

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14. Diseases of the genitourinary system (N00-N99) Code:            Description:N00.A            Acute nephritic syndrome with C3 glomerulonephritisN01.A            Rapidly progressive nephritic syndrome with C3 glomerulonephritisN02.A            Recurrent and persistent hematuria with C3 glomerulonephritisN03.A          ...

ICD-10-CM 2021 Codes for your Specialty

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11. Diseases of the digestive system (K00-K95) Code:            Description:K20.80          Other esophagitis without bleedingK20.81          Other esophagitis with bleedingK20.90          Esophagitis, unspecified without bleedingK20.91          Esophagitis, unspecified with bleedingK21.00          Gastro-esophageal reflux disease with esophagitis, ...

ICD-10-CM 2021 Codes for your Specialty

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10. Diseases of the respiratory system (J00-J99) Code:            Description:J82.81           Chronic eosinophilic pneumoniaJ82.82           Acute eosinophilic pneumoniaJ82.83           Eosinophilic asthmaJ82.89           Other pulmonary eosinophilia, not elsewhere classifiedJ84.170         Interstitial lung disease with ...

ICD-10-CM 2021 Codes for your Specialty

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7. Diseases of the eye and adnexa (H00-H59) Code:            Description: H18.501        Unspecified hereditary corneal dystrophies, right eyeH18.502        Unspecified hereditary corneal dystrophies, left eyeH18.503        Unspecified hereditary corneal dystrophies, bilateralH18.509        Unspecified hereditary corneal dystrophies, unspecified eyeH18.511        Endothelial ...

ICD-10-CM 2021 Codes for your Specialty

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6. Diseases of the nervous system (G00-G99) Code:            Description: G11.10          Early-onset cerebellar ataxia, unspecifiedG11.11          Friedreich ataxiaG11.19          Other early-onset cerebellar ataxiaG40.42          Cyclin-Dependent Kinase-Like 5 Deficiency DisorderG40.833        Dravet syndrome, intractable, ...

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5. Mental, Behavioral and Neurodevelopmental disorders (F01-F99) Code:          Description:F10.130       Alcohol abuse with withdrawal, uncomplicatedF10.131       Alcohol abuse with withdrawal deliriumF10.132       Alcohol abuse with withdrawal with perceptual disturbanceF10.139       Alcohol abuse with withdrawal, unspecifiedF10.930       Alcohol use, unspecified with withdrawal, ...

ICD-10-CM 2021 Codes for your Specialty

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4. Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (E00-E89) Code:            Description:E70.81          Aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase deficiencyE70.89          Other disorders of aromatic amino-acid metabolismE74.810        Glucose transporter protein type 1 deficiencyE74.818        Other disorders of glucose transportE74.819    ...

ICD-10-CM 2021 Codes for your Specialty

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3. Diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs and certain disorders involving the immune mechanism (D50-D89) Code:            Description:D57.03          Hb-SS disease with cerebral vascular involvementD57.09          Hb-SS disease with crisis with other specified complicationD57.213        Sickle-cell/Hb-C disease with ...

Locating Periodontal Disease in ICD-10-CM

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When coding a diagnosis for periodontal disease, keep in mind there are more options than just chronic or acute. To get started, look at chapter 11, Diseases of the digestive system (K00-K95). Looking at this section a little further, you can see this is where the oral cavity is coded ...

Significant COVID-19 Code Changes as of October 6

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Significant COVID-19 Code Changes as of October 6

New Codes for Cytokine Release Syndrome (CRS)

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New codes for Cytokine Release Syndrome (CRS) are effective October 1, 2020 based on the grade/severity of the symptoms. This article covers the new grading scales.

ICD-10-CM 2021 Coding Updates for Chiropractic

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October 1st is just around the corner and that means it’s time for updates to the ICD-10-CM code set. This year there are some interesting changes such as a new headache type, new codes related to TMJ, several new codes for reporting accidents involving micro-mobility devices (e.g., hoverboard), and some other changes.

Locating a Diagnosis Code in ICD-10-CM for Dental Offices

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Diagnosis codes used to report with procedures are called ICD-10-CM - International Statistical Classification of Diseases. These codes are published annually in October. To find a diagnosis code in ICD-10-CM, it is important to understand how the chapters and sections are set up. Each chapter is broken down into sections and ...

2021 Brings Another Risk Adjustment Calculation Change

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In 2021, a big change in Risk Adjustment score calculations will take place, which will affect payments to Medicare Advantage (MA) plans for the coming year and take us closer to quality and value-based programs instead of fee-for-service (FFS) or risk-adjusted (RA). Currently, CMS pays a per-enrollee capitated...

Coding Injections for Pain Management

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Coding for pain management can get confusing. How many injections, the location, and when to use a modifier are all common questions. This article will cover some of the most common injections used in pain management. Trigger Point Injections Trigger point injections are reported by how many muscles are treated using an ...

Modifier 50 — Four "Must Know" Tips For Getting Paid

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Modifiers added to an HCPCS or CPT© code alters the code description, providing clarity about the service for proper claim processing and reimbursement. Here are four things you must know about modifier 50 to ensure proper payment. - Modifiers are either informational or payment related. Informational modifiers provide additional...

Coding with PCS When There is No Code

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ICD-10-PCS covers ALMOST everything! But not quite! What if a body system does not contain a body part for toes or fingers? What about an elbow? When it does not cover what you are looking for, where do you turn?  To the guidelines, of course! There are ICD-10-PCS guidelines just as ...

Use the Correct Diagnosis Codes and Revenue Codes to Get Paid for PAD Rehab

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The initial treatment in rehabilitation for patients suffering from Intermittent Claudication (IC) is Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) for Symptomatic Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).  Rehabilitation using SET involves the use of intermittent walking exercise, which alternates periods of walking to moderate-to-maximum claudication, with rest.   When reporting 93668 for peripheral arterial disease rehabilitation the following ...

Are NCCI Edits and Modifiers Just for Medicare?

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The National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits were developed by CMS to help promote proper coding and control improper coding that leads to incorrect payments with part B claims. It is important to understand that NCCI edits do not include every possible code combination or every type of un-bundling combination. With that ...

Payment Adjustment Rules for Multiple Procedures and CCI Edits

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Surgical and medical services often include work that is required to be done prior to a procedure and post-procedure. When there are multiple procedures done by the same physician, group, or another qualified healthcare professional on the same day, the pre and post work is only required once. Therefore, CMS ...

MEGA - NCCI Edit Changes - WHO Knew?

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There was no huge announcement when CMS released new files in April. The files that were released on April 7, 2020, actually replaced files to update the NCCI edits on Procedure to Procedure (PTP) edits and Medically Unlikely Edits (MUE).  The updated files included; 291,902 Deleted Procedure to Procedure (PTP) edits 197  Deleted Medically Unlikely ...

Where is the CCI Edit with Modifier 25 on E/M?

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If you are not seeing a CCI edit when reporting an E/M code with a certain procedure, it may be that there is no edit. CMS does not have a CCI edit for every CPT code, however, there are still general coding rules that must be followed.  The use of Modifier 25 is one example ...

Are Diagnoses from Telehealth Services Eligible for Risk Adjustment?

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On April 10th, CMS released a memo with the subject line, “Applicability of diagnoses from telehealth services for risk adjustment,” suggesting there may be some telehealth services that might not qualify for risk adjustment. However, in the memo CMS states: “Diagnoses resulting from telehealth services can meet the risk adjustment face-to-face ...

ICD-10-CM - Supplement information for E-Cigarette/Vaping Reporting

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The CDC has released additional information and coding guidance for reporting encounters related to the 2019 health care encounters and deaths related to e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI).  The update offers coding scenarios for general guidance, poisoning and toxicity, substance abuse and signs and symptoms.  ICD-10-CM Official Coding Guidelines - ...

Hypertension ICD-10-CM Coding Table, Guidelines, and Tips

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Coding hypertension properly requires knowing all the guidelines. This article summarizes how hypertension is coded using ICD-10-CM and includes tips, definitions and a very helpful coding table summarizing your options.

ICD-10-CM Official Coding and Reporting Guidelines Updated for COVID-19

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The ICD-10-CM Official Coding and Reporting Guidelines have just been updated to include COVID reporting. Additional information beyond the previously released interim guidelines are included. These are the rules that should be followed for claims submission. The notice states that this is for April 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020.

More Telehealth Changes Announced by CMS Chiropractic Offices Should Know About

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On March 31, 2020, CMS announced further changes to their telehealth program in response to this unprecedented public health emergency (PHE). The announcement included far more information than is presented in this article which only summarizes the changes to telehealth. In fact, it does change a little of the information included in our March 31st webinar.

More Telehealth Changes Announced by CMS

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On March 31, 2020, CMS announced further changes to their telehealth program in response to this unprecedented public health emergency (PHE). See this article for further information as well as references & links to CMS information

CMS-Coverage for Therapeutic Shoes for Individuals with Diabetes

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Therapeutic shoes and inserts can play a vital role in a diabetic patient's health. Medicare may cover one pair every year and three pairs of custom inserts each calendar year if the patient qualifies and everything is handled correctly.  Medicare Benefit Policy Manual explains what is needed for a person with diabetes to ...

Providing Telehealth Services During COVID-19 Crisis

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The rules for providing telehealth services during this pandemic have changed and some requirements have been waived. Please keep in mind that “waiving requirements” does not mean that anything goes. Another important consideration is that Medicare and private payers may likely have different rules so you need to make sure that you know individual payer requirements during this time.

"What is the ICD-10 code for...?" - Search Smarter With Find-A-Code Tools

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Do you still find yourself searching the internet for an ICD10 code? Medical coders often type into their search engine, what is the ICD10 code for ... and a specific diagnosis code, to avoid repeatedly dragging out the incredibly large ICD10 codebook. Ironically, some of the most commonly searched ICD10 diagnoses include: ...

Understand the New Codes for Testing & Reporting the COVID-19 Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

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The current coronavirus pandemic refers to COVID-19, a novel or new type of coronavirus known as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first victim of the virus was identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China at the end of 2019. There is no immunization available to prevent it from spreading and ...

Implementing Telehealth Visits

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The following is a step-by-step guide on how to convert office-based encounters to telehealth encounters during the current COVID-19 pandemic. These rules may change post-pandemic, as many changes relaxing existing rules were made on a temporary basis by CMS and commercial payers to facilitate patient access and minimize risk of infection. Step ...

Coronavirus - What in the World is it and How is it Coded? 2020-02-20

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On December 31, 2019, we learned of a deadly outbreak of an unknown virus, with an unknown cause. We have since learned the virus was identified in Wuhan, China as a novel coronavirus (2019-n-CoV). Until we have more information on the 2019-nCoV, persons with an underlying medical condition are considered high ...

New HCPCS Code for Coronavirus Testing Announced

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Currently, healthcare providers testing patients for Coronavirus must use an unspecified code. To provide better tracking, on February 13, 2020, CMS announced the creation of a new HCPCS code.

Q/A: Did Noridian Stop Covering the M99.0- Codes?

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Question: I heard that Medicare Noridian Jurisdiction F (Alaska) has been denying claims with M99.00, M99.01, M99.02, M99.03 etc codes when billed with the CMT CPT codes. Did Medicare change their policy?

Medicare Announces Coverage of Acupuncture Services

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On January 21, 2020, a CMS Newsroom press-release read, This new announcement is both exciting and refreshing. Acupuncture, a key component of traditional Chinese medicine and most commonly used to treat pain, is now being officially recognized by Medicare and several other large payers as a covered, alternative treatment option for ...

Billing for Telemedicine in Chiropractic

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Many large private payers recognize the potential cost savings and improved health outcomes that telemedicine can help achieve, therefore they are often willing to cover it. While there are several considerations, there could be certain circumstances where telemedicine might apply to chiropractic care.

Denials due to MUE Usage - This May be Why!

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CMS assigns Medically Unlikely Edits (MUE's) for HCPCS/CPT codes, although not every code has an MUE. MUE edits are used to limit tests and treatments provided to a Medicare patient for a single date of service or for a single line item on a claim form. It is important to understand MUE's are ...


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