Q: Can you clarify the expectations related to documenting the discussion between a physician and a clinical documentation improvement specialist when a query is done verbally? The 2013 ACDIS/AHIMA physician query practice brief Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant Query Practice expanded on the need to document this interaction and we’re wondering if our process is compliant.
Barbara A. Anderson, RN, MSM, says that in 2014, 66% of 318 hospitals surveyed by AHIMA had a CDI program in place. Anderson explains how CDI programs can be a valuable bridge between clinical care and coding at hospitals, and gives examples on how to improve upon a facility’s program.
Shelley C. Safian, PhD, RHIA, CCS-P, COC, CPC-I , AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, writes about key details in documentation that coders will need to look for in order to report procedures using the root operation Dilation.
The AHA's Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM/PCS , Third Quarter 2015, opens with a discussion of the differences between excisional and non-excisional debridement-diagnoses with a long history of coding and clinical documentation confusion, explains Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS.