After a year full of numerous coding changes, Laurie L. Prescott, RN, MSN, CCDS, CDIP , takes a closer look at 12 new guidelines that will affect CDI and helps coders better understand these recommendations.
Since the physician doesn't need to document a specific root operation, coders cannot rely solely on the terms the physician uses; thus it is important for each coder to fully understand each definition. This article takes a look at the root operations Inspection, Map, Dilation, and Bypass. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register for the free content if you do not have a paid subscription.
CMS announced that 70% of commercial payers have agreed to use the 30-day all cause acute myocardial infarction mortality outcome measure as one of the cardiology outcomes linked to payment. Shannon Newell, RHIA, CCS , writes about how CDI teams can best prepare for these upcoming changes.
Last week, CMS released an updated version of the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON), which stated that effective March 8, 2017, hospitals will be required to present the MOON advisory in writing and verbally to Medicare beneficiaries who receive at least 24 hours of hospital services under outpatient status.