Do you audit records before sending them to your Recovery Auditor? If not, your hospital may be one of many that simply doesn't have the resources to do so. Lori Brocato, Cathie Eikermann, MSN, RN, CNL, CHC, and Laura Legg, RHIT, CCS, reveal why hospitals should consider auditing records before sending them to the Recovery Auditor.
Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report compares hospital data regarding a variety of benchmarks. John Zelem, MD, FACS, and Brenda Hogan, RN, BS, explain how hospitals can use PEPPER to identify risk areas and create a plan for self-auditing.
Many of us are perfectly content with our present jobs. As coders, we may be thrilled to have secured a coding position that’s both challenging and satisfying. Others may feel differently about their work. Lois Mazza, CPC , discusses how to decide when to look for a new job and how to secure it.
Providers are urging CMS to reconsider its current ICD-10 education and outreach strategy to ensure that providers are prepared to implement the new code set. CMS published and addressed specific provider comments in a final rule released August 25 that confirms the delay of ICD-10 to October 1, 2014.
Q: I need further clarification regarding documentation of toxic metabolic encephalopathy. I’m trying to code two different cases in which a physician documents acute mental status change secondary to an infectious process . In each case, the patient’s metabolic panels don’t appear to be abnormal; however, one of the patients is septic. The physician thinks that documenting and coding sepsis separately from encephalopathy would result in unbundling. However, I disagree because coding the sepsis separately demonstrates severity. What is the correct logic to use in each of these cases?