JustCoding News: Outpatient -- April 24, 2019

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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ICD-10-CM anatomy refresher: The endocrine system

The endocrine system is an intricate collection of hormone-producing glands that help to control mood, metabolism, tissue function, and sexual development. This article breaks down endocrine anatomy and ICD-10-CM guidelines for reporting diabetes mellitus and Cushing’s disease.

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Approved E/M documentation updates and changes on the horizon for 2021
The most commonly reported CPT codes are getting a much-needed makeover. Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, writes about E/M code changes implemented this year and changes for implementation over the next two years.
Meet time and education requirements to guarantee ACP coding success
Providers will find significant leeway in how they can report advance care planning (ACP) services for physicians given CMS’ open-ended coding requirements. Review potentially confusing CPT time rules and other obstacles that may be holding back providers from engaging in ACP services.
Healthcare News: Increase in hospital-owned practices contributes to higher chemotherapy spending, study shows
Hospital/physician practice integration has contributed to an increase in chemotherapy drug treatment and injection administration spending under Medicare, according to a study recently published in Health Economics.
Q&A: CPT coding and reporting guidelines for skin biopsies
Q: The American Medical Association added three new CPT codes for skin biopsies, effective January 1. What are the new biopsy codes and CPT guidelines for reporting them?

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SelectCoder Tip of the Week

Use ICD-10-CM code H54.8 (legal blindness, as defined in the U.S.) when the physician documents blindness without an indication of eyes involved. If “blindness” or “low vision” of both eyes is documented but the visual impairment category is not documented, assign code H54.3 (unqualified visual loss, both eyes).

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2019 Modifier Update: Review New NCCI Guidance

Hospital coders and billers are constantly faced with modifier reporting challenges. During this 90-minute webinar on May 9, Sarah L. Goodman, MBA, CHCAF, COC, CCP, FCS, and Susan E. Garrison, CHCA, CHCAS, CCS-P, CHC, CPAR, CPC, COC, will review the latest NCCI guidance for reporting outpatient modifiers.

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