Laurie L. Prescott, RN, MSN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, reviews how critical thinking is important within the CDI and coding realm in order to enhance review accuracy and query rates and to help loosen reliance on technological tools such as encoders.
Through examples given within the wound care setting, Bobbie Starkey, RHIT, CCS-P , shows the importance of documentation and ICD-10-CM reporting to support hierarchical condition category (HCC) capture within the inpatient coding sphere. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Alba Kuqi, MD, CICA, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CSMC, MSHIM, RHIA, writes that CDI professionals and inpatient coders need to pay attention to the definitions and clinical indicators of acute kidney injury (AKI) to ensure proper ICD-10-CM reporting and reimbursement.
Sarah Nehring, RHIT, CCS, CCDS, writes that ICD-10-CM/PCS reporting for the cardiac system is complex and requires frequent review in order to report the most accurate codes. In this article, Nehring covers ICD-10-CM/PCS coding and clinical indicators for cardiogenic shock, intra-aortic balloon pumps, and more. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Dawn Valdez, RN, LNC, CDIP, CCDS, says that the clinical indicators used to validate sepsis can also have other possible etiologies that could be equally responsible for the clinical indicators that are present—these are known as competing diagnoses.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released its fiscal year (FY) 2020 Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Control Program report. During FY 2020, the federal government won or negotiated more than $1.8 billion in healthcare fraud judgments and settlements, according to the report.
Q: We recently had a patient admitted with severe acute meningitis causing respiratory decompensation. A diagnostic lumbar puncture and mechanical ventilation were both performed during the inpatient stay. Which of these two procedures would be the principal procedure?