When providers use different definitions for the same disease, confusion and chaos result. Trey La Charité, MD , discusses how coding and clinical documentation improvement specialists can clear up the situation.
Heart failure is the intrinsic inability of the heart to supply target organs with sufficient nutrient flow to function normally. Robert S. Gold, MD, and Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, RHIT, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, review the clinical and coding guidelines for heart failure.
PSI 15 measures the hospital’s risk-adjusted rate of accidental punctures and lacerations. Shannon Newell, RHIA, CCS, Steve Weichhand , and Sean Johnson explain inclusions, exclusions, and risk adjustment factors for this measure.
Q: A patient came to the ED with shortness of breath (SOB). The admitting diagnosis was possible acute coronary syndrome (ACS) due to SOB and elevated troponin levels. The ACS was ruled out. Elevated troponin levels were assumed to be due to chronic renal failure (CRF), and no reason was given for SOB. Before discharge, the patient was noted with an elevated temperature and found to have a urinary tract infection (UTI). All treatment was directed at the UTI, and the doctor noted the discharge diagnosis as the UTI. What would be the principal diagnosis in this case?