The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an important report in November 2019 on antibiotic-resistant threats in the United States. This comprehensive look at the serious problem of antibiotic resistance has compelling individual stories, great graphics, and actions that healthcare institutions can take to help deal with the issue. The report is free to download. I recommend it for professionals who work in documentation and coding as the information can be applied immediately in your work environments.
Prior to 1983, Medicare reimbursed based on actual charges that inpatient healthcare facilities billed (often referred to as “fee-for-service” payments). The more tests, procedures, and services ordered by physicians, the more an organization was paid. This created the potential for unnecessary or excessive services, contributing to rising healthcare costs and the possibility of depleting Medicare funds.
ICD-10-CM/PCS coding for severe and potentially fatal heart conditions such as aortic valve stenosis (AVS), heart failure (HF), and atrial fibrillation (AF) requires an in-depth understanding of anatomical terminology and clinical indications. Coders need to be able to select the most specific codes based on reported symptoms and the severity of the disease.
The fiscal year (FY) 2020 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, released shortly after the FY 2020 ICD-10-CM code release, provide instructions for healthcare professionals on how to appropriately report complex diagnoses. Since FY 2020 is in full swing, now is the time to review these updates if your inpatient coding team hasn’t already.
Prevention of the flu is important as this illness can lead to hospitalization and even death. The CDC reports the hospitalization rate due to the flu is 2.7 per every 100,000 persons, and there is a 4.8% mortality rate due to influenza and pneumonia.
The fiscal year 2020 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) proposed rule threw gas on the population health fire when it proposed giving social determinants of health (SDOH) codes more weight as complications/comorbid conditions (CC).
New guidelines have been published regarding the diagnosis and treatment of adults with community-acquired pneumonia by the American Thoracic Society and Infectious Diseases Society of America (Metlay et al., 2019).
Due to the frequency of diagnoses and treatments for breast cancer, it’s more important than ever for inpatient coders to make sure they are reporting these diagnoses and procedures with the utmost accuracy.