ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS present different challenges, but both will require better documentation. Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCDS, Kathy DeVault, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, Donielle Bailey , and Melanie Endicott, MBA/HCM, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA, discuss some of the areas where coders will need more information to code in ICD-10.
The best way to decrease denials or increase overturn rates begins with a compliant concurrent review of documentation. Marilyn S. Palmer, DO, and Jonathan G. Wiik, MSHA, MBA, review common Recovery Audit targets and provide tips for successfully appealing denials.
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is an abrupt decrease in kidney function that includes—but is not limited to—acute renal failure. Garry L. Huff, MD, CCS, CCDS , and Brandy Kline, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CCDS , explain the clinical indicators of AKI and offers tips for composing queries.
Q: A patient presents with altered mental status/encephalopathy due to a urinary tract infection (UTI). The patient has a history of dementia. The final diagnosis is encephalopathy due to UTI. Should we code the encephalopathy as a secondary diagnosis because it’s an MCC and not always a symptom of a UTI?