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APF Pathology Service Coding Handbook

July, 2019 APF Pathology Service Coding Handbook - Version 19.3

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Subscriber Special Bulletin: 2-7-19


This alert is provided as a service to APF Pathology Service Coding Handbook subscribers. It provides important information of immediate interest to pathologists, independent laboratories, hospitals, and support entities.

Guidance on Coding and Billing Date of Service on Professional Claims

On Feb. 1, 2019. CMS released a revised version of MLN Matters SE17023. Guidance on Coding and Billing Date of Service on Professional Claims. Interestingly, the article states that the information “reiterates current Medicare policy.”

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Subscriber Special Bulletin: 7-10-19


This alert is provided as a service to APF Pathology Service Coding Handbook subscribers. It provides important information of immediate interest to pathologists, independent laboratories, hospitals, and support entities.

FY 2020 ICD-10-CM Now Available

On June 19, 2019, CMS posted the official 2020 ICD-10-CM files containing information on the ICD-10-CM updates for FY 2020. These 2020 ICD-10-CM codes are to be used for discharges occurring from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020 and for patient encounters occurring from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020.

The files can also be downloaded via the CDC website. Official guidelines and print versions will be released later in September 2019. You must use the FY 2019 ICD-10-CM codes through Sept. 30th: Do not start using the FY 2020 ICD-10-CM codes before Oct. 1, 2019.

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