Inside Angle

From 3M Health Information Systems

Topic: Coding and Classification

Straight from our coding experts, the latest regulatory guidelines and best practice tips for anyone who thinks in alphanumeric characters.

Article: The role of coders and CDI teams in HACRP success

With Cheryl Manchenton, RN

HIM, CDI, and inpatient coding professionals can play a significant role in helping their organizations be successful under HACRP. Read Cheryl Manchenton’s article to find out how.

More laboratory audits: CMS looking at unbundled coding (again)

April 22nd, 2019 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

The March 19, 2019 letter from Seema Verma, CMS Administrator, to Charles Grassley (Chairman of the Committee on finance) assures that CMS is once again analyzing claims data to determine […]

Spring is in the air: CPT codes for allergies

April 10th, 2019 / By Kelly Long, CPC

Spring is in the air: the birds are chirping, the trees are starting to bud and the pollen count is increasing, bringing with it the dreaded springtime allergy season. Allergy […]

-X modifiers: They’re not just for unbundling

March 29th, 2019 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

For several years now we’ve had four -X modifiers, generally presented as -X (E, P, S, U) which can be used instead of the -59 modifier to unbundle procedure codes […]

Parkinson’s Disease vs. Parkinsonism: Understanding the difference is essential for ICD-10 code assignment

March 25th, 2019 / By Pamela Ewing, CPC

What is Parkinson’s disease? It is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing (“dopaminergic”) neurons in a specific area of the brain called the substantia nigra. The substantia nigra cells […]

National guideline changes for ED E/M coding due by 2022

March 18th, 2019 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

According to a March 7, 2019 article in Modern Healthcare, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has decided to recommend that HHS revisit the national ED coding rules by 2022, citing […]

Setting up a supply item in a charge description master

March 15th, 2019 / By Camille Ruiz, RHIA

On January 17, 2019, CMS issued Transmittal 4204, which states HCPCS Q4122-Dermacell per square centimeter can be assigned either revenue code (RC) 278-Implant or RC 636-Drugs requiring detailed coding. I […]

ICD-10-PCS: Are we done playing catch-up?

March 11th, 2019 / By Rhonda Butler

AHA Coding Clinic’s Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) held its two-day winter session in February, and I participate on the EAB as part of 3M’s contract with CMS. As I was […]

A smart mix of audit types to maintain coding quality

February 27th, 2019 / By Kristine Daynes

Compliance requires exacting skills. HIM departments are expected to make sure patient care is appropriately documented, check for medical necessity, assign codes with ICD-10 specificity, identify conditions present on admission […]

Seeing pink in February: Documentation specificity with breast studies

February 18th, 2019 / By Allison Morgan, MS, CPC

Every October we see pink during breast cancer awareness month. However, with the recent 2019 CPT updates that took effect January 1, the addition of some new breast-related codes reminded […]

Implementing CMS rule for 2019 – Evaluation and Management guidelines

February 15th, 2019 / By Jean Jones, CPC

One of the things that makes Tom Brady a great quarterback is his ability to think downfield. He’s not just thinking about the current play, but considering all the plays […]

Webinar: Reduce HACs to boost quality outcomes

With Cheryl Manchenton, RN

In this webinar, 3M quality expert Cheryl Manchenton will discuss the latest HAC regulatory updates and penalties and examine the clinical impact on your hospitals and your patients.