Category: ICD-10

Quarterly OASIS Q&As offer detail on wound coding

CMS in its latest quarterly OASIS Q&As provided agencies with details about how to code a specific wound scenario. In Question 1 of the April Q&As, one agency asked CMS about a patient admitted with two distinct areas caused by pressure. Notes the agency: “A wound on the left buttock presents with purple localized discolored […]

Rates unchanged for outsourced coders amid fierce industry competition

From Diagnosis Coding Pro for Home Health. Coders working for outsourced coding companies probably haven’t received a salary increase in quite a while. That’s according to DecisionHealth’s 2018 Home Health Coders’ Salary Survey, which drew 322 respondents. Consider that the owner of one outsourced coding company, who asked that her identity not be revealed, reports […]

Breaking News: CDC releases final list of 2019 ICD-10-CM codes

Brought to you by Home Health Line. Providers will have a total of 473 code changes beginning Oct. 1, including 279 new codes, 143 revised codes and 51 deactivated codes, according to the final list of changes issued June 11 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The majority of the new codes added […]

Proposed hospice rule shows Alzheimer’s is top diagnosis

Brought to you by Home Health Line. Now that Alzheimer’s disease has risen to become by far the most commonly used hospice claims-reported diagnosis, hospices must be even more certain that their documentation for Alzheimer’s patients can withstand auditor scrutiny. G30.9 (Alzheimer’s disease, unspecified) was listed as a principal diagnosis 155,066 in the 2017 fiscal […]

Home health: Surgical wound infection codes set to expand dramatically in FY2019

Provided by Home Health Line. Home health coders could have 435 ICD-10-CM code changes to deal with starting Oct. 1, with 247 new codes, 139 revised codes and 49 codes rendered invalid, according to the proposed hospital inpatient prospective payment system rule (IPPS) rule released April 24. One notable code, T81.4xxA (Infection following a procedure, […]

Prepare for dozens of new and deleted codes not previewed in the proposed set

by: Megan Batty Source: Home Health Line Starting Oct. 1, 2017, you’ll be able to capture the severity of non-pressure chronic ulcers that have penetrated muscle and bone tissue but haven’t caused necrosis, thanks to the addition of 72 new codes in the L97.- (Non-pressure chronic ulcer of lower limb, not elsewhere classified) and L98.- […]

New ICD-10 codes become effective October 1st

New ICD-10 codes become effective October 1, 2016, are you ready? The CMS website offers official resources to help providers with ICD-10, including the Updates to the Clarifying Questions and Answers Related to the July 6, 2015, CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities. HCPro has several resources to help providers remain compliant in […]

CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities

Updates to the Clarifying Questions and Answers Related to the July 6, 2015 CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities are available. Many resources remain to help providers with ICD-10 questions. Please refer to the CMS ICD-10 webpage for informational resources. A step-by-step resource list is also available to help you quickly locate important […]

Modifications to HCPCS Code Set

The scheduled release of modifications to the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code set are available on the HCPCS Quarterly Update web page. Changes are effective on the dates indicated on the update. Keep Up to Date on ICD-10! Visit the CMS ICD-10 website for the latest news and official resources, including the Next […]

2017 ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Files Available

The 2017 ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code updates, including a complete list of code titles, are available on the 2017 ICD-10-CM and GEMs and 2017 ICD-10-PCS and GEMs webpages. The posted files contain the complete versions of both ICD-10-CM (diagnoses) and ICD-10-PCS (procedures). 2017 General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs) will be posted in August 2016 Official Coding […]