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Taking CDI Into the Physician Office Setting

Author: Huey, Kim

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: August 2017



CDI, referring to clinical documentation improvement, is as familiar to most hospital coding professionals as acronyms like OR, ICU, and ED. But in the physician office, CDI is not well known. However, with implementation of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), CDI will be....

2017 CPT Coding Update

Author: Huey, Kim

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017



The 2017 update to the CPT code set brings fewer new codes than in previous years but more guideline changes and clarifications, as well as revisions in code description. One Appendix is deleted and a new one is created. There are a total of 149 new CPT codes, 498 revised codes, and 81 del....

Role of Coding and Documentation in the Quality Payment Program

Author: DeVault, Kathryn; Easterling, Sharon; Huey, Kim

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2017



In the current era of healthcare transformation, the continuing importance of documentation and coding cannot be overstated. With the multitude of acronyms being added to the healthcare vocabulary, one may wonder where documentation and coding fits in. It’s important to remember that....

Assigning Advance Care Planning Codes

Author: Huey, Kim

Source: CodeWrite

Publication Date: May 2016



Physicians have a new opportunity to bill and be paid separately for a counseling service they may already be performing. Advance Care Planning codes 99497-99498 were introduced in Current Procedural Terminology (CPTĀ®) in 2015 but were not paid by Medicare until January 1, 2016. CPT code 9....

Transitional Care Management Codes

Author: Huey, Kim

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: November 2013



Transitional care management codes 99495 and 99496 were introduced by the American Medical Association (AMA) in CPT 2013 to capture the work involved in managing a patient after discharge from a facility setting to a community-based setting. These codes are part of an initiative between t....

CPT 2013 Changes In Nerve Conduction Studies

Author: Huey, Kim

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: April 2013



In recent years, many changes to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) have made coding of certain procedures less complicated. This is true this year for the coding of nerve conduction studies. The codes have been restructured to reflect the number of studies performed as the unit of s....