Proposed hospice rule shows Alzheimer’s is top diagnosis

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Now that Alzheimer’s disease has risen to become by far the most commonly used hospice claims-reported diagnosis, hospices must be even more certain that their documentation for Alzheimer’s patients can withstand auditor scrutiny.
G30.9 (Alzheimer’s disease, unspecified) was listed as a principal diagnosis 155,066 in the 2017 fiscal year.
That’s roughly twice as often as any other principal diagnosis, according to the 2019 proposed hospice payment rule posted April 27.
While Alzheimer’s …

Home health: Surgical wound infection codes set to expand dramatically in FY2019

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Home health coders could have 435 ICD-10-CM code changes to deal with starting Oct. 1, with 247 new codes, 139 revised codes and 49 codes rendered invalid, according to the proposed hospital inpatient prospective payment system rule (IPPS) rule released April 24.

One notable code, T81.4xxA (Infection following a procedure, initial encounter), could become invalid in the new code year.

That’s because T81.4xxA, which is the code assigned to capture active treatment provided …

Prepare for dozens of new and deleted codes not previewed in the proposed set

by: Megan Batty
Source: Home Health Line

Starting Oct. 1, 2017, you’ll be able to capture the severity of non-pressure chronic ulcers that have penetrated muscle and bone tissue but haven’t caused necrosis, thanks to the addition of 72 new codes in the L97.- (Non-pressure chronic ulcer of lower limb, not elsewhere classified) and L98.- categories (Other disorders of skin and subcutaneous tissue, not elsewhere classified).
These 72 new codes are among 360 new, 142 deleted and …

New ICD-10 codes become effective October 1st

New ICD-10 codes become effective October 1, 2016, are you ready? The CMS website offers official resources to help providers with ICD-10, including the Updates to the Clarifying Questions and Answers Related to the July 6, 2015, CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities.
HCPro has several resources to help providers remain compliant in ICD-10, including:

ICD-10 Coding for Long-Term Care: A Comprehensive Training Guide
ICD-10 Compliance: Process Improvement and Maintenance for Long-Term Care

Other helpful resources include:

Step-by-step …