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2023 ICD-10-CM Guideline Changes Eff 2023-10-01

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CMS Updates COVID Vaccine Requirements for Staff

by  Wyn Staheli, Director of Content - innoviHealth

CMS is revising its guidance and survey procedures for all provider types related to assessing and maintaining compliance with the staff vaccination regulatory requirements. This new memorandum replaces memoranda QSO 22-07-ALL Revised, QSO 22-09-ALL Revised, and QSO 22-11-ALL Revised.

Significant Changes to Emergency Department E/M Reporting Coming in 2023

by  Aimee L. Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CST, MA, MT

In just a few short months, major revisions to the remaining Evaluation and Management categories in the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code book will go into effect. How many of these changes will affect your organization and how ready are you for them? While the changes to the remaining E/M categories will closely resemble the 2021 changes to the E/M Office and Other Outpatient (99202-99215) codes, there are some major differences that need to be carefully reviewed, such as how E/M will change for the Emergency Department services.

Report - AMA's 2021 Coding Updates Problematic For Dermatology

by  Find-A-Code™

The American Medical Association (AMA) updated its coding guidelines in 2021 in an attempt to simplify medical coding for doctors. Ideally, simplified coding would allow clinicians to spend more time taking care of patients and less time trying to figure out codes. But according to a new report, all is not well. The new system is proving problematic in dermatology.

CMS Publishes Over 1,000 New ICD-10-CM Codes Effective on October 1, 2022

by  Aimee L. Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CST, MA, MT

Each October 1st, the newest updates to ICD-10-CM take effect. This year with more than a thousand new codes added there is a lot of information to dig into and prepare our providers for. Many of the deleted and changed code descriptions, including the endeavor to capture social determinants of health, were made to enable expansion of specific coding categories so additional details could be reported, when captured in the documentation.

Calendar Year 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

by  Amanda Ballif

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is soliciting public comments on proposed changes for Medicare payments under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and other Medicare Part B issues effective on January 1, 2023 and thereafter. The Calendar Year (CY) 2023 PFS proposed rule is one of several proposed rules aimed at increasing equity in health care.

What is the Difference Between the Medicare 1995 and 1997 Documentation Guidelines for E/M Services?

by  Aimee L. Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CST, MA, MT

When Medicare determined that providers could follow EITHER the 1995 OR the 1997 Documentation Guidelines for Evaluation and Management Services to determine which level of E/M service to report, because CMS had not clarified that portions of the 1995 and 1997 guidelines could be used together to determine the level of ...

MEGA - NCCI Edit Changes - WHO Knew?

by  Christine Woolstenhulme, QMC QCC CMCS CPC CMRS

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 ...

Let's Talk High Risk E/M Services

by  Aimee L. Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CST, MA, MT

Have you ever assigned a high-complexity E/M code (e.g., 99205, 99215, 99223, 99233, 99245, etc.) and wondered if it would stand up to further scrutiny? Well, let’s take a closer look at the requirements for reporting high-level E/M services.   Both the American Medical Association and Medicare-published E/M Guidelines agree that a ...

What is Medical Necessity and How Does Documentation Support It?

by  Aimee L. Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CST, MA, MT

We recently fielded the question, “What is medical necessity and how do I know if it's been met?" The AMA defines medical necessity as: It is important to understand that while the AMA provides general guidance on what they consider medically necessary services, these particular coding guidelines are generic and may be ...

The Impact of Medical Necessity on High Level E/M Services

by  Aimee L. Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CST, MA, MT

I was recently asked the question, "Does 99233 require documentation of a past medical, family, and/or social history (PFSH)?"  The quick answer is, "it depends." Code 99233 has the following minimal component requirement: Subsequent inpatient E/M encounters can meet the code level requirement either by component scoring & medical necessity or time & medical necessity. ...

Understanding NCCI Edits

by  Aimee L. Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CST, MA, MT

Medicare creates and maintains the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits and NCCI Policy Manual, which identify code pair edits. When performed on the same patient, on the same day, and by the same provider, the secondary code is considered an integral part of the primary code, and payment for ...

Proposed Rule: Expanded Telemedicine Benefits for Medicare Advantage Beneficiaries

by  Aimee L. Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CST, MA, MT

Telemedicine continues its rise, with new technologies allowing for better communication and access to more aspects of healthcare than ever before. Each year Medicare has made strides, albeit small strides, in their telemedicine coverage while commercial payers continue to make great strides, constantly improving and expanding telemedicine service offerings to ...

Truncated ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting

by  Christine Woolstenhulme, QMC QCC CMCS CPC CMRS

Adherence to ICD-10-CM official guideline's are required under HIPAA and adopted for all healthcare settings. We have made it easy to access guidelines and made them available on the code information page, either on the page you are viewing or view more information by selecting the ICD-10-CM Chapter Section/Guidelines and ...

WHO Said ICD-11 is Coming Soon

by  Christine Woolstenhulme, QMC QCC CMCS CPC CMRS

Sooner or later ICD-11 will be released, and it sounds like it will be sooner than later. WHO released the news on June 18, 2018. The World Health Organization stated “ICD-11 will be presented at the World Health Assembly in May 2019 for adoption by Member States, and will come ...
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