learning styles

YES HIM Consulting designs learning paths and coding tracks for busy professionals who need to take courses on their own time. Our catalog offers customizable formats to fit physicians’, coders’, and auditors’ schedules and learning styles – including on-site, online, and hybrid or blended models. Ongoing coding education is one of the ways to keep your team and organization compliant. Click here to review the other benefits of keeping your team up-to-date with coding and guideline changes with customizable coding education formats.

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fee for service

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated Special Edition (SE) MLN Matters® article SE20011 Medicare Fee for Service response to address the changes made for the issuance of additional guidelines and waivers regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 (CMS, 2020). This MLN Matters® Special Edition Article is for providers and suppliers who bill Medicare Fee For-Service (FFS). This includes blanket waivers for providers and suppliers, a CMS telehealth video regarding coverage of services, guidance on Beneficiary Notice Delivery, and expansion of Ambulance origins and destination modifiers.

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professional fee coding

Many facilities, when completing a merger or acquisition, bring together professional fee coding and facility coding departments in order to increase productivity and claims reimbursement, but that’s easier said than done. These healthcare facilities must first consider if they have the knowledge base to accurately document and code professional fee services. The risks of inaccurate professional fee coding could be detrimental to your organization’s revenue and overall success.

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hcc coding

Every healthcare organization that has Medicare patients who receive coverage and benefits through the Medicare Advantage program uses HCC coding. CMS established the HCC coding risk-adjustment model in 2004 to better predict healthcare costs for every patient and increase the accuracy in risk adjustment data for reimbursement claims (AAFP, 2020). But, what is HCC coding? Hierarchical condition category (HCC) coding utilizes the ICD-10 code set to identify risks for each patient and assign risk values, or RAF scores, in value-based care models. If your coding team needs HCC coding help, here are 4 HCC coding best practices you can implement right now to see a positive impact immediately.

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telehealth policies

Due to the ongoing PHE regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, CMS has issued an interim final rule (IFC) to provide guidance on the updated telehealth policies and other services (CMS, 2020). The current PHE has relaxed many supervision requirements, allowing for supervision to be provided through audio/video telecommunications. Telehealth policies and procedures have been expanded further, and now include E/M services for emergency department visits, critical care services, nursing facilities, End State Renal Disease (ESRD) services, psychological/neuropsychological testing, and radiation treatment management (CMS, 2020).

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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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screening for COVID-19

This article offers guidelines on how to code screening tests for suspected COVID-19 infection. There are two different kinds of tests for COVID-19: a viral test to detect a current Coronavirus infection, and an antibody test to confirm is the patient previously had COVID-19 (CDC, 2020). The CDC has issued guidance on conducting screening tests for COVID-19 and other recommendations for viral testing (2020).

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CMS guidelines for telehealth

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has decided to update the CMS billing and coding guidelines for telehealth or in-home provider services due to the urgency of the current 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (CMS, 2020). CMS has broadened the scope for reimbursement for virtual check-ins and other digital communications with patients to safely and effectively respond to this Public Health Emergency (PHE). In the interim, telehealth services will not be limited by program restrictions put in place by Medicare (Federal Register, 2020). Evaluation and management (E/M) service codes cover these remote and communication technology-based services performed by a physician or non-physician practitioner (NPP).

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inpatient coding

Healthcare organizations, including coders, often struggle with a true return on investment when aiming to cross-train from outpatient to inpatient coding. There are several key differences between inpatient and outpatient coding. Inpatient coding documents a patient’s diagnosis and treatment during hospitalization, while outpatient coding generates a detailed report for diagnoses treated in one visit. Coding for inpatient vs. outpatient also requires different code sets and payment systems.

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telemedicine reimbursement guidelines

CMS released the Medicare telemedicine coding and reimbursement guidelines for healthcare providers to use during the COVID-19 pandemic (CMS, 2020). According to the CMS Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet, reimbursement for these visits are considered the same as in-person visits and are paid at the same rate (CMS, 2020). The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) is providing flexibility for healthcare providers to reduce or waive cost-sharing for telehealth visits paid by federal healthcare programs (CMS, 2020).

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