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CPT Category III Codes Cover New, Emerging Technologies: New Codes Developed to Address Issues in Light of HIPAA

Author: Beebe, Michael

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: October 2003


In 1998, the American Medical Association (AMA) initiated the CPT-5 Project. This project was a broad-based and comprehensive effort to make needed and practical enhancements to the CPT code set that would address challenges presented by emerging user needs and HIPAA. One of the initiatives tha....

Internal Radiation Brings Hope to Prostate Cancer Patients: With Brachytherapy Treatment Come New HCPCS Codes

Author: Kostick, Karen M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: September 2003


In 2003, the American Cancer Society estimates that 220, 900 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the US, making it the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men.1 Today in the US, patients with prostate cancer have access to less invasive surgical cancer treatment plans. This arti....

Sepsis, Related Terms Cause Confusion for Coders: Set the Record Straight About Sepsis, SIRS, Septic Shock

Author: Prophet-Bowman, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: May 2003


Sepsis, severe sepsis, SIRS, and septic shock have long been a source of confusion for coders. New ICD-9-CM codes established recently for Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS), and additional proposed code revisions have added to the confusion regarding the differentiation among these....

Fracture Treatment Poses Coding Challenge: Multiple Treatment Options Require Special Attention

Author: Hutchinson, Mark R.; Stanfill, Mary H

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: April 2003


There are 206 bones in the human body and each is susceptible to fracture. The choices in fracture management are complex and based on a number of issues including fracture type, fracture pattern, specific bone, age of fracture, age of patient, associated injuries, and physician preference. Co....

Observation Services Present Compliance Challenges

Author: Prophet-Bowman, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


Observation services have been a top fraud and abuse target of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services, primarily due to the complexity of the Medicare billing regulations and the potential for abuse. New regulations regarding reimbursement for thes....

Major Changes for Heart Failure Codes in 2003: New Codes Put Sharper Focus on Diagnosing, Preventing Heart Failure

Author: Casey, Patricia E.; Zeisset, Ann M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2003


Are you up to date with the latest revisions to the heart failure codes? A revision of the heart failure codes, effective October 1, 2002, was originally presented at the May 2001 ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting. At that meeting, representatives from Kaiser Permanente e....

ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee Discusses Code Proposals for FY2004

Author: AHIMA Policy and Government Relations Team

Source: AHIMA Advocacy and Policy

Publication Date: December 13, 2002


The ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee, cosponsored by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), met on December 5-6, 2002 in Baltimore, MD. Donna Pickett, RHIA, from NCHS, and Patricia Brooks, RHIA, from CMS, cochair....

Analysis of Final Rule for 2003 Revisions to the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System

Author: AHIMA Policy and Government Relations Team

Source: AHIMA regulation analysis

Publication Date: November 24, 2002

The final rule regarding calendar year 2003 revisions to the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (PPS) was published in the November 1, 2002 issue of the Federal Register.   This rule becomes effective on January 1, 2003.   This analysis will cover significant....

Web FAQ

Author: AHIMA Coding Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 2002

Where Can I Find Coding Guidelines for Use in Long Term Care or for Skilled Nursing Facility Reporting?

The official coding guidelines (see earlier question regarding who has the official guidelines for code assignment) are applicable in long term care. These guidelines have been develope....

Web FAQ

Author: AHIMA Coding Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 2002

Who Has the Official Guidelines for Interpretation of Coding Guidelines or Appropriateness of Code Assignment?
For ICD-9-CM coding questions and guidelines we look to Cooperating Parties for ICD-9-CM. The National Center for Health Statistics and the Health Care Financing Administration receiv....

New ICD-9-CM Committee Presents New Codes, Changes

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


This is part 1 of a two-part summary of proposals from the April 2002 ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting and includes procedure proposals. Part 2 will include diagnosis proposals and will be published in the October Journal of AHIMA.
The ICD-9-CM Coordination and Main....

Analysis of Final Rule for FY 2003 Revisions to the Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System

Author: AHIMA Policy and Government Relations Team

Source: AHIMA regulation analysis

Publication Date: August 02, 2002


The final rule regarding FY 2003 revisions to the Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment system (PPS) was published in the August 1, 2002 issue of the Federal Register.



This rule becomes effective on October 1, 2002.This analysis will cover changes to DRG classificat....

ICD-10 on the Horizon

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002


ICD-10 has taken hold around the globe, so why is the US still using ICD-9-CM? This article reviews the history of ICD-10 in the US.


Other countries are using it. Why aren't we? Coding professionals across the country and around the world are wondering why ICD-10-CM hasn't been....

Testimony of the American Health Information Management Association to the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics on ICD-10-CM

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: AHIMA testimony and comments

Publication Date: May 29, 2002

May 29, 2002
Opening Comments

Chairman Cohn, members of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) Standards and Security Subcommittee, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. I am Sue Prophet, director of coding policy and compliance of the American Health Informati....

Testimony of the American Health Information Management Association to the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics on ICD-10-PCS

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: AHIMA testimony and comments

Publication Date: April 09, 2002


April 9, 2002

Opening Comments

Chairman Cohen, members of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) Standards and Security Subcommittee, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. I am Sue Prophet, director of coding policy and compliance of the American Hea....

Testimony of the American Health Information Management Association to the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics on Medical Code Sets

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: AHIMA testimony and comments

Publication Date: February 06, 2002

February 6, 2002
Opening Comments

Good morning Mr. Chairman, members and staff of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) Standards and Security subcommittee, ladies and gentlemen.   I am Sue Prophet, director of coding policy and compliance for the American Heal....

Anthrax: What Every Coder Should Know

Author: Stanfill, Mary H

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2002


The inhalation anthrax identified by a Florida physician in October 2001, during the recent series of bioterrorist attacks, was the first case of reported inhalation anthrax in the United States in more than 25 years.1 With the threat of anthrax as a biological weapon, correct coding could be....

CPT Changes for 2002

Author: O'Hara, Karen

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2002


Coders need to keep their resources current—including updating the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes every year with the annual CPT book. This article provides a brief summary of the changes made to the CPT 2002 code set. The complete list of changes can be found in Appendix B of....

ICD-9-CM Codes Ready for 2002

Author: Zeisset, Ann M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2001


For those reporting ICD-9-CM codes for all diagnoses coding, and hospitals reporting ICD-9-CM volume III for procedures, fall is the time to review and implement the changes and revisions for fiscal year 2002.

The ICD-9-CM coding changes for fiscal year 2002 were released in the Augus....

CPT "Monopoly" To Be Examined

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2001


Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) has forwarded a letter to HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson criticizing the American Medical Association's "statutory monopoly" on current procedural terminology (CPT) codes. Lott said that Congress will look at the CPT issue when it considers....

Teaching Physician Guidelines

Author: Graff, Jean Stevens

Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: September 02, 2001


Working in an orthopedic clinic, I understand the great need for my newly created position. I am employed at a teaching hospital as a medical record auditor charged with the task of educating physicians on the art of coding and documentation. My job is to ensure compliance with the Medicare ma....

Solving the E/M Conundrum: a Special Report

Author: Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001


Evaluation and Management (E/M) codes, introduced in 1992 for reporting physician visit services, are linked to a number of perplexing questions for coders. In different settings, they are used differently and with varying sets of criteria. Given the numerous coding and compliance issues relate....

E/M Options in the Outpatient Arena

Author: Jones, Lolita M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001


Under the Medicare ambulatory payment classification (APC) system, hospitals must establish criteria for mapping the medical care rendered in the emergency department and hospital-based outpatient settings to appropriate CPT medical visit codes. Do you know how to establish a sound rationale f....

Review of E/M Guidelines

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Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: July 02, 2001


The Evaluation and Management guidelines are found in the Medicare Carriers Manual in the following sections. You may download the entire manual from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS (formerly HCFA) Web site by going to http://www.hcfa.gov/, click on Medicare, select laws an....

Look at Modifiers for Hospital Use

Author: Philippou, Karla E.

Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: July 02, 2001


Modifiers have been a continuing problem in the hospital setting. Although modifiers were mandated for hospital use in June 1998, many hospitals were unable to comply until the implementation of Ambulatory Payment Categories, (APCs), on August 1, 2000. The initial problems were related to info....

Common E/M Documentation Issues

Author: Udell, Curtis

Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: July 02, 2001


One of the constant challenges facing managers today is evaluating physician documentation and then helping their physicians to improve the content of their patient notes, particularly for evaluation and management (E/M) services.

While physicians may have unique style or flair to t....

Navigating the Physician Services Maze

Author: Skurka, Margaret A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001


As HIM professionals know, accurate and complete documentation is critical for providing care and supporting reimbursement. This is particularly true-and yet particularly problematic-in the area of E/M coding. Medical practices report and are paid for their services using E/M coding, yet there....

AHIMA Testifies in Support of ICD-10

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001


The "replacement [of ICD-9-CM, Volume 3] with a new procedural coding system for inpatient services is absolutely necessary and ICD-10-PCS meets the criteria for such a replacement system," said Linda Kloss, MA, RHIA, AHIMA's executive vice president and CEO. Kloss also argued that &q....

Coding Under the HIPAA Umbrella

Author: Russo, Ruthann

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: June 2001





Although coding professionals are not ultimately responsible for ensuring appropriate release of patient-protected information, it is important that they understand that coded data is not only one of the most desired pieces of information in the patient’s record, it is also the....

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