Spinal fusion is a procedure to join, or fuse, two or more vertebrae and can be performed in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, MAOM/HSM, CCS-P, CPC-H, CPC-I, CHA, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, and Mark Dominesey, RN, BSN, MBA, CCDS, CDIP, CHTS-CP, MCP, review spinal anatomy before discussing correct ICD-9-CM Vol. 3 and ICD-10-PCS coding for inpatient spinal fusions.
CMS proposed a major change to physician certification requirements in the 2015 OPPS proposed rule. Kimberly A.H. Baker, JD and James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, break down how the change could affect inpatient admissions.
The Official ICD-9-CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting talk about the perinatal and newborn period as being the first 28 days of life. Robert S. Gold, MD, explains when neonatal really is—and isn’t—neonatal.
Heart failure is one of the top MS-DRGs, so Recovery Auditors have focused on identifying potential coding problems with MS-DRGs 291, 292, and 293. Recovery Auditors identified errors related to sequencing of the principal diagnosis and improper coding of secondary diagnoses, according to the Medicare Quarterly Compliance Newsletter .
Q: How would the following be viewed if it was included in a cardiology consult note: Mr. Jones has paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. He had a recurrence last night which was asymptomatic. We think this happens all the time at home. This is not a pacing post-conditioning (PPC). He is back in normal sinus rhythm (NSR). I would restart his warfarin if Dr. Smith will allow. Goal International Normalized Ratio (INR) is 2-3.