Patricia Maccariella-Hafey

Coding Tip: Getting Control of Root Operation Control

Coding Tip: Getting Control of Root Operation Control

Since the implementation of ICD-10-PCS in 2015, yearly changes have been made regarding the definition of, and guidelines associated with, the root operation Control. This has caused coding professionals much confusion in determining whether to assign a procedure to root operation Control, to assign another root operation, or to not assign a procedure code at all.

read more
Coding Tip: Excisional Debridement Coding to the Furthest Layer

Coding Tip: Excisional Debridement Coding to the Furthest Layer

Procedure code assignment for excisional debridement has always been a focus area in coding audits. The biggest concern is whether or not the debridement is truly excisional in nature, and if the documentation truly supports an excisional debridement. HIA has written a previous Coding Tip on determining nonexcisional vs excisional debridement.

read more
Coding Tip: Bronchoscopy with Removal of Mucus Plugs or Foreign Body

Coding Tip: Bronchoscopy with Removal of Mucus Plugs or Foreign Body

HIA has previously discussed the coding of bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL). The coding of procedures performed via bronchoscopy has become complicated in ICD-10-PCS. The coder must now think about the objective of the procedure to assign the correct root operation, the correct body part being addressed, and the correct approach and whether or not the intent of any removal of tissue or fluid was diagnostic.

read more
Common ICD-10 Coding Errors Found in Audits: Part 6

Common ICD-10 Coding Errors Found in Audits: Part 6

The following is the sixth and final installment in a six-part coding education series from our Executive Director of Education, Patricia Maccariella-Hafey, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, CIRCC. In this series, Patricia reviews common ICD-10 CM and PCS coding errors discovered in audits and how they may impact reimbursement. Part six in our series takes a closer look at Totally Implantable Port with VAD and Control of Bleeding.

read more

Pin It on Pinterest