Erica E. Remer, MD, FACEP, CCDS, writes about how using unspecified diagnoses in the inpatient world results in deflated quality metrics. Remer helps clinical documentation specialists remedy the situation and gives advices on how to aid providers in documenting to the level of specificity that is now needed.
Providers are still working to understand the impact of the February release of the controversial third international consensus definitions for sepsis and septic shock. James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP , tackles this new sepsis definition in part two of his two-part series.
Shannon Newell, RHIA, CCS, discusses a refined version of the Patient Safety Indicator (PSI) 90 composite by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and how it has a significant impact on what discharges are included in PSI 15. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register for the free content if you do not have a paid subscription.