General Question for the Week of May 22, 2017

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Question:

I have a comment to the answer posted to an April 10 question. You stated that, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), there is no cost to the hospital for a device being inserted and that modifier –FB must be appended to the procedure code (not the device code) under certain circumstances.

I had thought -FB was no longer a CMS requirement; rather the facility should utilize the correct condition code as well as the amount of credit in the “FD” value code?

General Question for the Week of May 8, 2017

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Question:

Our hospital coding and CDI professionals have noticed an increase in length and redundancy in clinical documents since we have implemented the electronic health record (EHR). For ex., some physician progress notes have exploded from three lines in a paper record to three or more pages in an electronic record with information being copied and pasted. Do you have any suggestions on ways to deal with this problem?