Q: Our facility is developing clinical definitions regarding types of atrial fibrillation (afib) given the specificity changes in ICD-10. Could you provide suggestions for these definitions? Do you think it is appropriate to query for persistent atrial fibrillation for the period of more than seven days and chronic afib sustained for more than 12 months Are you aware of any strategies other institutions are using when querying regarding afib?
CMS is reporting that the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) will be down for five days in March due to extended systems maintenance. The QIES will be unavailable starting at 8 p.m. Eastern on March 16, and returning March 21 at 11:59 p.m., according to CMS.
Root operations are the fundamental building block of ICD-10-PCS codes, but providers may not use the same terminology coders are familiar with. Review these root operations that involve taking out all or some of a body part.
Beginning April 1, approximately 800 hospitals will be required to participate in CMS’ new joint replacement payment model. Shannon Newell, RHIA, CCS, outlines the requirements and what providers need to do in order to prepare.