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2020: Year in Review | Coding Education

2020: Year in Review | Coding Education

In January, new CPT codes were released.  There were 248 new CPT codes added, 71 deleted and 75 revised.  Most of the surgery section changes were in the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular subsections. These included procedures such as skin grafting, breast biopsies, deep drug delivery systems, tricuspid valve repairs, aortic grafts and repair of iliac artery.

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Coding Tip: Coding Diagnoses on Outpatient Encounters

Coding Tip: Coding Diagnoses on Outpatient Encounters

One reason that coders should report chronic conditions (including history and status codes) on outpatient records is the HCC’s—Hierarchical Condition Categories. The quick and easy explanation of what HCC’s are is each HCC is mapped to certain ICD-10-CM codes or code ranges. HCC coding is designed to estimate future health care costs for patients.

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