CCI: Avoid Pitfalls When Reporting Multiple Infectious Agent Antigens

Ensure compliance with policy manual update. When your lab bills codes from the range 87260-87899 (Infectious agent antigen detection…), you better scrutinize how you report [...]

Posted on: 9 March 2017 | 1:03 am

Clip And Save: Use Common Z Codes for Your Lab Reporting and Pay

Impact your diagnosis coding with Table 1 rundown. Hopefully the preceding article helped you learn about many types of Z codes that labs might report. [...]

Posted on: 9 March 2017 | 1:03 am

You Be the Coder: Solidify Your Hip Joint Code Choices

Question: The pathologist examined four bone fragments in a single container from the hip joint (femur and acetabulum) and diagnosed pathologic fracture. Should we bill this as a hip-joint [...]

Posted on: 9 March 2017 | 1:03 am

ICD-10: Stop Losing Lab Pay Based on Z-Code Myths

Show medical necessity with ‘screening,’ ‘status,’ and more. If you shun reporting ICD-10 “Z” codes because you think they’re only secondary or supplementary codes, think [...]

Posted on: 9 March 2017 | 1:03 am

Reader Question: Distinguish Definitive, Presumptive Drug Tests

Question: Our lab received an order for a drug confirmation test for alcohol, salicylate and acetaminophen. We performed tests to quantify the presence of all three substances in the [...]

Posted on: 9 March 2017 | 1:03 am

Reader Question: Finish Your PAMA Lab Reporting This Month

Question: We are an “applicable lab” for reporting lab test payment data to Medicare. What do we need to get started, and what is the time frame for reporting?

Posted on: 9 March 2017 | 1:03 am

Reader Question: Zero in on Trigone of Bladder Codes

Question: Our pathologist examined a “trigone of bladder biopsy” with findings of “benign urothelial submucosa and mucosa with cystitis and granulomatous inflammation, with no neoplasia evidence.” How should we [...]

Posted on: 9 March 2017 | 1:03 am

Reader Question: Classify Megacolon With C. diff

Question: The pathologist examined a colon resection and diagnosed dilated toxic colon due to infection with Clostridium difficile. What is the correct diagnosis coding for this case? Texas [...]

Posted on: 13 February 2017 | 2:02 am

Reader Question: Know Panel Code Limitations

Question: The lab received an order for blood levels of the following components: albumin, total calcium, chloride, creatinine, glucose, phosphate, potassium, sodium, BUN, and pH. Should I bill [...]

Posted on: 13 February 2017 | 2:02 am

Reader Question: Focus Fetal Exam Coding

Question: The pathologist examined a fetus from a spontaneous abortion; the patient was carrying twins, and the second twin remains. The fetus did not show any abnormalities. I’ve been told that [...]

Posted on: 13 February 2017 | 2:02 am