If we look at each element of a coding audit, we can see the benefits these coding reviews provide. Every healthcare organization and hospital should invest in routine, internal coding audits. The alternative is waiting until the payer conducts an audit, denies a claim, and incurs costs for the organization.
As an inherited blood disorder, sickle cell disease is passed from parent to child. Children with sickle cell disease often have two defective hemoglobin S genes , one from each parent. However, various forms of sickle cell disorder also occur when a person inherits one hemoglobin S gene (sickle cell gene) from one parent and a different type (other than the S type) of defective hemoglobin gene from the other parent. All of these forms have distinct ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes, making reporting complex.
In 2013 the “ Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant Query Practice ,” a collaboration between AHIMA and ACDIS, was published. It has served as the industry guideline for the establishment of best practices surrounding queries. Since that time this brief has been updated twice: once in 2016 and most recently in 2019 .
Consider the story of a patient—say, a pneumonia patient—whose treatment cost a lot of money. The hospital’s reimbursement for that care, however, was less than the cost of providing it. Now say someone looked at that case and how complex it was, and then saw that the reimbursement only paid for half the cost of caring for that patient. That’s how CDI was born.