It’s important for inpatient coders to frequently review hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) and present on admission (POA) indicators and the rules governing their assignment in order to ensure proper reimbursement. Part one of a two-part series will review POA indicators in particular.
Alba Kuqi, MD, CICA, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CSMC, MSHIM, RHIA, says with recent audit activity and the Office of Inspector General’s continued scrutiny of malnutrition diagnoses, it’s important to dig into the coding and documentation requirements for this tricky diagnosis, particularly in the case of COVID-19 patients.
Audrey Howard, RHIA, and Susan Belley, RHIA, CPHQ , write that since acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is included as a common respiratory manifestation of COVID-19 in the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting , it is essential to understand the syndrome for accurate and complete inpatient reporting. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.