The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released the 2021 version of its annual publication on unimplemented recommendations, which lists overpayments from incorrectly assigned severe malnutrition diagnosis codes as a top concern.
Many physicians are not entirely aware of the denials landscape and their involvement in it is often something that they never anticipated. Educating physicians on their role in coding denials is important as it will help ensure proper reimbursement. Part one of this two-part series discusses how to make time for proactive education.
Most risk adjustment models use ICD-10-CM codes to identify patients who are considered “risky” by healthcare insurance companies. The process of risk adjustment is used to predict costs linked to care delivery and quality reporting, which is why thorough knowledge of risk adjustment is important for hospitals to ensure proper quality reporting.
Sarah A. Nehring, RHIT, CCS, CCDS , writes that with new COVID-19 codes coming in April 2022, now is a good time to review these updates as well as an ICD-10-CM code that was previously released in an April update: electronic cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI). Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.