Recovery Auditors are currently performing prepayment MS-DRG validation and coding reviews of MS-DRG 312 (syncope and collapse). Ralph Wuebker, MD, MBA, and Stacey Levitt, RN, MSN, CPC, discuss the scope of the new reviews and what coders need to look for in documentation of syncope.
Obstetric coding has always been challenging for coders and coding multiple births is particularly difficult. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA COBGC, reviews how coding for multiple births differs between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM.
Coders remain highly accurate when reporting present-on-admission (POA) indicators, but they need to maintain that accuracy. The OIG reiterates the importance of POA reporting in terms of monitoring hospital quality of care and the role that such reporting plays in CMS’ effort to align payment incentives with patient outcomes. Glenn Krauss, BBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, C-CDI, CCDS, and Nena Scott, MS, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, offer tips to ensure complaint POA reporting.
More than 450 healthcare organizations will participate in CMS’ Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative . CMS announced the specific organizations in January, and some participants will begin receiving bundled payments as early as April. The program will be in effect for three years.
Q: A patient with undiagnosed syncope is admitted to observation. Later that evening, the patient is diagnosed with syncope and develops complications that warrant an inpatient admission. Should the patient be considered an inpatient from the time inpatient criteria are met or from the time the inpatient order is written?