ICD 10 PCS 2020

This article will highlight the ICD 10 PCS Updates 2020 and Guideline changes, and briefly present some of the code additions for the Medical and Surgical Section. For a description of all of the code changes, including updates to the Medical and Surgical Related Section, Ancillary and New Technology, as well as the rationale and clinical information as detailed in the Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meeting materials, please sign up for the ICD 10 PCS Updates 2020 for FY 2021 medical coding webinar available soon at YES HIM Consulting. The PCS coding updates course will be available on the YES Education site.

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medical coding training

Every year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the American Medical Association (AMA) release updated coding and reporting guidelines that make additions, deletions, and revisions to the ICD-10 and HCPCS code sets, and CPT codes, respectively. During Public Health Emergencies (PHE), such as the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS and AMA will release updates more frequently. By offering ongoing medical coding training to cover these quarterly and annual updates, your coding team upholds an accuracy standard and stays compliant with these revised guidelines. YES Education offers a robust catalog of medical coding updates that refreshes as the code set revisions are released, including quarterly and annual updates for ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT.

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PCI CPT codes

The Refresh With YES: CPT PCI Procedures Webinar provides an overview of the CPT codes for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) procedures divided into 14-19-minute modules. During this four-part series on PCI CPT codes, learners will receive information on various PCI procedures, including a review of the heart’s anatomy and pathophysiology of conditions that may necessitate a PCI procedure. The coding guidelines and codes for PCI are thoroughly examined, and case examples of PCI are presented. The modules offered within this course include: Anatomy and Disease Process Review, CPT Guidelines and Coding (Parts 1 and 2), and Review of Case Studies.

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how to code PCS head and neck procedures

The Refresh With YES: PCS Head and Neck Procedures Webinar dives into the definitions, procedures, and approaches for various head and neck operations divided into 16-18-minute modules. Learners will find out how to assign the right PCS code for head and neck procedures during the following four modules within this course: Craniotomy/Craniectomy Overview and Approach, Craniotomy/Craniectomy Procedures, Sinus Procedures, and Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Procedures.

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how to assign the correct E/M code

The Refresh With YES: CPT E/M Services webinar provides an overview of the definitions and components of CPT Evaluation and Management (E/M) code assignments divided into 8-25-minute modules. Learn how to assign the correct E/M code to claims with this course consisting of four modules: E/M Introduction and Overview, E/M History, E/M Examinations, and E/M Medical Decision Making. This learning path provides 1 CEU certificate after attaining a passing grade (1 AAPC CEU and towards 1 AHIMA CEU).

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Due to the stay-at-home orders put in effect by state governors and the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, CMS has expanded coverage for its Medicare recipients through the use of telemedicine (CMS, 2020). According to CMS, “The benefits are part of the broader effort by CMS and the White House Task Force to ensure that all Americans – particularly those at high-risk of complications from the virus that causes the disease COVID-19 – are aware of easy-to-use, accessible benefits that can help keep them healthy while helping to contain the community spread of this virus” (2020).

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The ICD-10-PCS Hot Topics Updated webinar reviews and clarifies some of the most challenging ICD-10-PCS procedure codes and ICD-10-PCS coding issues divided into 10-20-minute modules, including Aneurysms Background and Cerebral Aneurysms, Aortic Aneurysms, Control, Overview and Coding Applications for Vascular Access Devices, and Background and Coding Applications for Tunneled and Totally Implantable VADs. This learning path provides 2 CEU certificates after attaining a passing grade (2 AAPC CEUs and towards 2 AHIMA CEUs).

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Telehealth and Covid-19

CMS clarified on April 10, 2020, that the submission of ICD-10-CM diagnoses codes for Risk Adjustment are permitted from coding telehealth services as long as it meets the set criteria (i.e. inpatient, outpatient, or professional service and from a face-to-face encounter) (CMS, 2020). CMS is stating that telehealth services can meet the face-to-face requirement “when the services are provided using an interactive audio and video telecommunications system that permits real-time interactive communication” (2020). From a medical coding and billing standpoint, the change in the telehealth services criteria for risk adjustment is causing updates to how these services are billed.

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Perhaps the most important upcoming development in the fight against COVID-19 is detecting antibodies to the infection, and new tests for this purpose are being developed. As these are new tests, existing codes do not reflect these antibody studies. To assist, the CPT Editorial Board has fast-tracked the approval of two new CPT codes for the COVID-19 antibody blood testing (AMA, 2020). The new codes were published April 10, 2020, and are effective immediately. Use of the codes will allow for tracking and reporting of antibody tests specifically for COVID-19.

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The establishment of a coding compliance program remains a significant effort by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in its attempt to engage the healthcare community in combating fraud and abuse. The OIG developed a Compliance Resource Portal with materials and guidelines for healthcare professionals. A fundamental element to an effective compliance program is conducting internal monitoring and auditing. Coding audits have the added value of ensuring you are running an efficient and profitable, not to mention minimized liability, operation. Earlier detection of any potential coding issues will pay off financially and will reduce risks for additional external audits.

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