Q: During an ICD-10-PCS Fusion, when a physician documents the use of a “structural allograft spacer” in the medical record, what sixth character would we use when coding this? Some colleagues say to use A (interbody fusion) and some say to use K (nonautologous tissue substitute). What would be the correct way to code this?
Richard D. Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS , discusses the new Sepsis-3 definition and how the classification has been the subject of great controversy and consternation since its publication in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
A study conducted by Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality finds that common measures used by government agencies and public rankings to rate the safety of hospitals, such as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s patient safety indicators, and hospital-acquired conditions, do not accurately capture the quality of care provided.
Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC, CDIP , writes about how computer-assisted coding software can be used to boost coding accuracy and productivity, in addition to being an important tool for the remote coder.
Robert Stein, MD, CCDS, and Shannon Newell, RHIA, CCS, co-author this article that provides insights into how clinical documentation and reported codes may impact payments and offer guidance on some common CDI challenges to strengthening data quality. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register if you do not have a paid subscription.