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It’s Baaaaack: CMS Brings Back the Inpatient Only List

In the final rule for the outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) for 2021, CMS announced plans to phase out the inpatient only list (IPO) by 2024. To kick that off, they removed 266 musculoskeletal-related services and their corresponding anesthesia services...

Social Determinates of Health Example Case Studies

​Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the environmental conditions where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life risks and outcomes. Some examples include income level,...

FAQs About the CIRCC® Exam: Is it Right for You?

FAQs About the CIRCC® Exam: Is it Right for You? A lot of coding professionals are looking to level up by adding a specialty certification and according to the AAPC, the Certified Interventional Radiology and Cardiology Coder® (CIRCC®) is one of the top earning coding...

Tips & Expertise: Critical Questions for Critical Care

Q:  Are the codes discussed in the webinar for professional charges or facility? A:  The codes can differ, and it can get confusing. Today’s webinar discusses codes for professional charges. Q:  If two providers in the same group see the patient on the same date of...

Take the Pressure Out of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Blog Post: Digging into HIM & Coding

Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) or wound vac coding has been an area that generates a lot of questions and confusion. These codes are widely used and have a specific purpose. Continue reading as we discuss exactly what NPWT is, break down the four code options, and talk about how they are intended to be used.

Tips & Expertise: 2022 IPPS Updates Webinar Q&A

Q:  VitalWare is reporting that New Technology Add-on Payment for Abecma and Tecartus but they also drive to DRG 018. How does that work? A:  This is correct.  CAR T-cell therapies are assigned to MS-DRG 018 through a pre-MDC.  Abecma and Tecartus both also receive...

Tips & Expertise: Injections & Infusions Beyond the Basics Webinar Q&A

Q: For concurrent infusions, does the drug have to run 16 minutes together or any time together at all?A: Concurrent infusions should run greater than 16min together. Ref: https://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/view/article.aspx?articleId=53778 Q: If Alteplase...

Tips & Expertise: What’s New? 2022 ICD-10-CM Updates Webinar Q&A

Q:  Would you code long term use of insulin and hypoglycemic as well as presence of insulin pump?  A:  The code categories for diabetes, other than category I10 for type 1 diabetes, has a “use additional code” note indicating that the type of control (i.e., long term...

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