The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released multiple addenda with new tabular and index instructions and updates to the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting to complement the updated ICD-10-CM code set to become effective April 1.
Susan Belley, M.Ed., RHIA, CPHQ, and Audrey Howard, RHIA, write that a majority of inpatients during this omicron surge are admitted for reasons other than COVID-19 and are incidentally found to be COVID-19-positive—making this an opportune time to review ICD-10-CM reporting for COVID-19 as a secondary diagnosis. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Departmental silos are prevalent in the healthcare world and can lead to unvoiced frustrations and counterproductive work. This article reviews how different organizations have various approaches to breaking down these walls.
Q: If a physician documents a patient as HIV positive, should the ICD-10-CM code Z21 be reported? What about if they document the patient is HIV positive with an HIV-related illness—would that be reported with ICD-10-CM code B20?
Alba Kuqi, MD, MSHIM, CDIP, CCS, CCDS, CRCR, CICA, CSMC, RHIA, CCM, says that when reporting sepsis in ICD-10-CM, it’s important that evidence of sepsis is found throughout the body of a patient’s medical record. A clinical validity query may be necessary if the provider confirms the diagnosis of sepsis, but clinical evidence is lacking in the documentation.
The fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade report has been released, assigning grades to 2,901 hospitals. The grades come from hospitals’ performance on over 30 evidence-based measures of patient safety. For the first time, a new grading factor for post-operative sepsis, blood leakage, and kidney injury were included in those measures.
Anneleah Williams-Bridges, MS, MBCA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CCDS, RH-CBS, LIA, says that until recently, many organizations have solely used their coding and CDI resources to strengthen the capture of CCs/MCCs, severity of illness/risk of mortality scores, and MS-DRG validation; however, facilities that are not leveraging these teams for denials management and tracking denials as a key performance indicator should consider doing so.
Jillian Harrington, MHA, CPC, CPC-I, CPC-P, CCS, CCS-P, CEMC, MHP, writes that in order to ensure proper coding, documentation, and reimbursement, it’s great practice to have inpatient coding and CDI teams review querying procedures yearly. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Many physicians are not entirely aware of the denials landscape and their involvement in it is often something they never anticipated. Educating physicians on their role in coding denials is important as it will help ensure proper reimbursement. Part two of this two-part series discusses involving physicians in administrative law judge appeals and monitoring success rates.