Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , writes that it’s not unusual for an outpatient coder to advance their career by diving into inpatient coding. When deciding to learn about ICD-10-PCS, it’s important to first understand the basics and compare and contrast ICD-10-PCS and CPT. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Inpatient coders know that clinical indicators for certain conditions frequently require greater completeness or specificity in ICD-10-CM for which a concurrent or retrospective query is often required. This article will review clinical indicators and query opportunities for common respiratory conditions such as pneumonia, respiratory failure, and asthma.
One of the biggest components of a leader’s role is to track, trend, and report on the department’s performance. Key performance indicators can range in complexity depending on the needs of the organization, but all are imperative for proving the success of a CDI or coding program.
Q: I’ve been told that if there are clinical indicators to support that chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the etiology of a patient’s hypertension, an ICD-10-CM code from category I15.- (secondary hypertension) would be assigned. Since codes from category I12.- (hypertensive chronic kidney disease) also capture CKD with hypertension, what is the best code category to be reporting from?