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3 Times Anesthesia Coders Should NOT Report +99140

29. May 2018

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When a payer reimburses for +99140 (Anesthesia complicated by emergency conditions (specify) …), you don’t want to miss legitimate opportunities to report that code. But knowing what qualifies as emergency conditions is a common stumbling block. Don’t let these three common pitfalls ruin your anesthesia coding accuracy. 1. When Delay Is Documented for the ‘Emergency’ […]

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3 ICD-10-CM Cardiology Coding Tips That Line Up With the Risk-Adjustment Trend

25. May 2018

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All the discussions of risk adjustment have put a spotlight on diagnosis coding, and one big way cardiology coders can help is by ensuring they follow the official rules for coding and learn about coding comorbidities, too. Here are some good, old-fashioned rules that will also help ensure your pro-fee cardiology coding follows best practices […]

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2 Knee Arthroscopy Myths You Need to Bust Right Now

23. May 2018

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There are a lot of possible variations for knee arthroscopy services, so you’ve got to know where to go for help on coding them. Make sure your knee arthroscopy claims don’t fall victim to these two error-causing myths! Follow the guidance in the Correct Coding Initiative manual. Myth: Report G0289 Along With 29880/29881 for Chondroplasty […]

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Ace FESS Coding Updates With This Quick Terminology Quiz

15. May 2018

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CPT® 2018 introduced several changes for nasal/sinus endoscopy codes, sometimes referred to as FESS codes. Otolaryngology coders need some real anatomy-terminology skills to apply these codes correctly, so here’s your chance to sharpen your knowledge. Look at the terms below. In some cases, you’ll see a related code tied to the term to help show […]

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ICD-10-CM Coding for ‘Vomiting’ Is Simple, Except When It’s Not

11. May 2018

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Many coders have memorized R11.- (Nausea and vomiting). It’s a common complaint. But did you know that the diagnosis code for cyclical vomiting is in nervous system category G43.- (Migraine)? I was interested to see that when I read a recent Gastroenterology Coding Alert article. In a leap that perhaps only those in healthcare would […]

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Get 1 Step Closer to 99285 Perfection With This HPI Primer

26. April 2018

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Emergency medicine code 99285 seems to be popping up a lot lately because of potential overuse. To help give you your best chance at coding correctly, it helps to take a close look at each element involved. Today, let’s look at the history of present illness (HPI) requirement. The good news is that most of […]

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Compare 38571-38573 Lymphadenectomy Codes At-a-Glance to Avoid Cutting Reimbursement in Half

20. April 2018

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If you’re already familiar with laparoscopic bilateral total pelvic lymphadenectomy codes 38571 and 38572, you know the pattern. The second code descriptor builds on the first. When the CPT® 2018 code set added 38573, the new code descriptor followed that pattern, adding quite a few more requirements before you use the new code. Not sure […]

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Get the Rundown on Rib Fracture ICD-10-CM Coding

10. April 2018

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The terms closed and open are major players for traumatic fracture diagnosis coding. Brush up on some basics with this focus on ICD-10-CM coding for rib fracture initial encounters. First, Find Fractures in the Index — You Know You Should! The ICD-10-CM index provides these entries for rib under the Fracture heading: Rib S22.3- With […]

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Emergency Medicine Coders: Don’t Miss These 3 Trending Areas!

28. March 2018

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There have been some hot topics in recent issues of TCI’s Emergency Department Coding & Reimbursement Alert that are just too good not to share. Here’s a quick summary with links to the articles for you lucky readers with access to the online newsletter or to Emergency Medicine Coder. 1. Streamline With This Change to […]

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Chargemaster 101: Quick Tutorial on a Hospital RCM Essential

16. March 2018

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Curious about the world of chargemasters? These three questions will give you a speedy introduction to this crucial revenue cycle management tool used by hospitals. 1. What Is a Chargemaster? A hospital chargemaster, also called a hospital charge description master, lists the billable services and items that a hospital provides to patients. Some of the […]

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