James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, reviews important coding recommendations mentioned in various Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletters, covering the MS-DRG postacute discharge policy, readmissions to the same hospital on the day of discharge, and postoperative respiratory failure.
Laura Legg, RHIT, CCS, CDIP, writes about the new round of Recovery Auditor (RA) contracts, and how even the most experienced RA response team will need to understand the new challenges providers face with CMS’ 2017 changes. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription. Once you have set up your free registration, you can log in and access this article by clicking here.
The advent of the electronic record changed (EHR) how clinical documentation improvement specialists work with providers and coders. As more healthcare organizations take on the arduous process of implementing an EHR, new challenges and considerations arise.
Q: I have a question about coding a medically induced coma. For example, how would I report a patient on a Precedex drip for alcohol withdrawal, supported with mechanical ventilation, and intensive nursing care?
Hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) declined by 21% between 2010 and 2015, saving an estimated 125,000 lives and $28 billion in health care costs, according to preliminary results published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality .