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During the “Insiders” portion of Episode 140, Paula Digby describes CPT modifiers affecting the payment for that service. Nancy asked for guidance in reporting autism as their entity has received denials, where can she get help? Anonymous asked for help in sequencing codes for the etiologic diagnosis on the IRF PAI – official coding guidance seems to conflict on this point. Anonymous 2 asked about reporting uncertain diagnoses in the IRF setting – are these reportable and under what conditions? NOTE: A big shout out of kudos to Jodie for asking for clarification on this answer. Because IRF is not listed, they cannot code uncertain diagnoses. “The guideline for reporting unconfirmed diagnoses is for the listed provider types in the note below ICD-10-CM Official Coding Guidelines III. C. only”

Ms Digby also mentioned the Physician Fee Schedule for 2022 (click to view it at AQ-IQ)

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Connect for Episode 141 on May 9th, beginning at 10:10 am Eastern (7:10 am Pacific). “Insiders” begins at 10 am Eastern. You’ll find us on Free Conference Call HD,  Linked In, YouTube, and on Facebook.

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