Tag Archive | "cardiology"

Make Heart Failure Coding a Cinch With These Documentation Tips

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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Cardiology got off fairly light when it comes to 2019 ICD-10-CM changes, so that means you can devote some extra time and energy to refreshing your skills for your top diagnoses, like heart failure. One of the biggest problems experts report seeing in heart failure coding is that documentation supports coding only unspecified heart failure. […]

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35 Category III Code Updates Announced! Get to Know Them Fast

Thursday, July 5, 2018

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Four new Category III codes were effective July 1, 2018. But that’s just a warmup to the 35 changes planned for Jan. 1, 2019. Check this summary to see where you need to focus for updates. Remember: The final list of codes may change before implementation, so be sure you use the final, correct list […]

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

Friday, May 25, 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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Answer These Questions to Pinpoint the Correct Coronary Atherosclerosis Code

Friday, March 9, 2018

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About a month ago, yet another report came out about whether omega-3 supplements make a difference in cardiovascular disease risk. The findings of this particular meta-analysis were that supplementation may not reduce coronary heart disease in people at high risk of the disease and more study is needed. But while the research continues, plenty of […]

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Skill Sharpener: Add to Your Cardiogenic Shock Coding Knowledge

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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Cardiogenic shock may affect treatment outcomes for patients with multivessel coronary artery disease and acute myocardial infarction, so it’s an important diagnosis to document. What is cardiogenic shock, and what are the ICD-10-CM codes for it? Let’s take a look. Get to Know the Diagnosis A patient with the medical emergency known as cardiogenic shock […]

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ICD-10-CM 2018: Succeed at Heart Failure Coding With This New Note Walk-Through

Thursday, August 31, 2017

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We’re in the home stretch for ICD-10-CM 2018 prep, with about a month to go. We’ve covered the Official Guidelines, but you need to review the new instructions in the code set that come with code revisions, too. Case in point: Let’s take a closer look at the notes you’ll find with the updated diagnosis […]

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Start the Countdown to 2017’s New Cardiology CPT® Codes

Friday, December 23, 2016

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As Cardiology Coding Alert editor, I’m craving one last post about cardiology CPT® 2017 changes before we get to the implementation date of Jan. 1, 2017. The Big 2: Moderate Sedation and Angioplasty We’ve already talked about two of the biggest changes in other SuperCoder blog posts: The requirement to report moderate sedation separately affects […]

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Clean Up Your Cardiovascular Stress Test Coding With MPFS Insights

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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Depending on your sense of humor, focusing on the topic of stress tests during the last two crazy weeks of the year might just make you smile. Or groan. Either way, if you code cardiovascular stress tests, you may find some useful hints in today’s post. Start With Stress Test Codes 93015-93018 Codes 93015-93018 are […]

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ICD-10-CM 2017 Is Coming Soon — Get Ready for Cardiology Changes

Monday, June 27, 2016

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Oct. 1 will be here before we know it, and with that date comes updates to ICD-10-CM for fiscal year 2017 — that’s about 2,000 new codes!  Cardiology diagnosis coding in particular gains some new codes that you’ll want to know about. Lose the Pure, Instead Report Familial Hypercholesterolemia To code the condition familial hypercholesterolemia […]

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CPT® Adjusts Radiation Oncology, Cardiology Coding for 2016

Monday, November 23, 2015

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Time for more coverage from the AMA’s 2016 CPT® and RBRVS Annual Symposium, today looking at changes to coding in radiation oncology and cardiovascular medicine. Check Out Changes to Radiation Oncology Coding William Hartsell, MD, FACR, FASTRO, explained new codes in radiation treatment, management, and delivery; clinical brachytherapy; and interstitial radiation source application. Dr. Hartsell pointed […]

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