Q: We recently had a patient who was admitted with sepsis and the physician documented sepsis, a urinary tract infection (UTI) related to a chronic Foley catheter, and pneumonia. Can we report sepsis first instead of the complication code, or is the complication always first?
Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, writes that one of the most interesting aspects of the ICD-10-CM code update for fiscal year (FY) 2020 was CMS’ proposal to change the severity assignment for many of these codes. In this article, Blue compares the severity changes that were suggested in the FY 2020 IPPS proposed rule with the designations that were actually finalized.
Sarah Nehring, CCS, CCDS, says that the last thing a query writer wants is to provoke a defensive response, but in the current healthcare environment, CDI specialists, clinical, and inpatient coding staff need to think defensively. In this article, Nehring outlines five items to remember when it comes to defendable queries, documentation, and coding.
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O, HCS-D, reviews the 2020 ICD-10-CM code changes for atrial fibrillation, as well as the clinical background and ICD-10-PCS reporting for related procedures. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.