As OPPS packaging has increased, providers may be less likely to appeal claims for certain denied charges based on medically unlikely edits, since it would not increase payments. However, providers should consider appeals when services are medically necessary and appropriate, as CMS bases future payment rates on accepted claims.
Accurate clinical documentation is the bedrock of the legal medical record, billing, and coding. It is also the most complex and vulnerable part of revenue cycle because independent providers must document according to intricate and sometimes vague rules.
Coders prepared for 2017 with numerous changes to the Official Coding Guidelines for the ICD-10-CM and the addition of many new codes. Quietly waiting in the wings was the updated CPT® Manual for 2017 with its changes waiting to be discovered.