Managers should not assume that they can review every guideline, every item in Coding Clinic, or every coding-related issue targeted by the OIG or Recovery Auditors. However, those issues that have been identified as the result of denials, external coding audits, or quality initiatives should surface to the top of the audit list for the coding manager.
Q: How should we handle canceled inpatient-only procedures? Are these are still coded to the full intended procedure under OPPS and modified with a -73 or -74 modifier? Most of these cases result in changed orders to outpatient due to the patient being discharged the same day. Can the original inpatient order be used?
The October 2019 OPPS quarterly update reassigned certain injections from non-payable to separately payable. CMS also revised the status indicators for several recently approved advanced diagnostic laboratory tests (ADLT).
Perhaps the most momentous Quality Payment Program (QPP) news in the proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule is the Pathways (MVP) version of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) — but that’s not happening until 2021.