Yvette DeVay, MHA, CPC, CPMA, CIC, writes that because novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new disease, there is still much to learn about how the disease is spread and what severity of illness it causes. For these reasons and more, many inpatient coders are finding this virus hard to report. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, details Chapter 5 of the ICD-10-CM manual which contains codes for mental, behavioral, and neurodevelopmental disorders, and says attention must be paid to coding guidelines and instructional notes when reviewing these codes for inpatient assignment.
Q: We are seeing an influx of possible COVID-19 patients at our facility. How can we prepare to query for COVID-19-related documentation and coding issues that are bound to come our way due to the newness of the diagnosis?
Kay Piper, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, says exciting changes to ICD-10-CM are published in an often-overlooked document called the Addenda. It lists additions, revisions, and deletions to the Alphabetical Index and Tabular List. This might seem mundane until you realize the changes’ potential effect on coding and CDI.
Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, covers the guidance published in the Fourth Quarter 2019 issue of Coding Clinic , which includes updates for atrial fibrillations, pressure-induced deep tissue damage, and more.
Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP , reviews instructional notes and reporting guidance for ICD-10-CM codes in Chapter 3 of the manual, which includes codes for diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs and certain disorders involving the immune mechanism. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The Surviving Sepsis Campaign recently published new pediatric sepsis guidelines in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine . This update includes information on a two-phase process for septic shock and guidelines for therapy start times.
William E. Haik, MD, FCCP, CDIP , details guideline changes regarding the diagnosis and treatment of adults with community-acquired pneumonia and provides criteria to clinically validate a diagnosis of Gram-negative and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) pneumonia.
Q: We are seeing more fundoplication surgeries and esophageal sphincter augmentation procedures for patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease at our hospital. Do you have any tips for our coders when reporting these procedures in ICD-10-PCS?