The thought of learning ICD-10 is intimidating for many coders, but does it need to be? Robert S. Gold, MD, and Shelley C. Safian, PhD, CCS-P, CPC-H, CPC-I, explain why coders may not need to fear the transition quite as much as they think.
New clinical guidelines for malnutrition could help alleviate compliance challenges associated with coding the condition, which has never had universally accepted clinical criteria. Jane White, James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, and Alice Zentner, RHIA, describe the new guidelines and what coders need to know about malnutrition coding.
In late May, CMS released nationwide a new short-term (ST) acute care Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER). The ST PEPPER provides short-term acute care hospital (STACH) statistical data for the most recent 12 federal fiscal quarters, ending with the first quarter of fiscal year 2012.
QUESTION: A patient is admitted with pneumonia and atrial fibrillation and both are present on admission. The patient receives antibiotics for the pneumonia and a pacemaker during the stay, but undergoes no other procedures. Does the procedure automatically make ICD-9-CM code 427.31 for the atrial fibrillation the principal diagnosis?