Clinical validation reviews and queries ensure that the documented diagnoses and clinical indicators hold up to inspection. This article gives an overview on processes and templates, top queried diagnoses, and physician engagement to help CDI teams perfect their clinical validation efforts.
Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, details MS-DRG updates found in the fiscal year (FY) 2021 IPPS proposed rule, including the proposed creation of MS-DRG 521 (Hip Replacement with Principal Diagnosis of Hip Fracture with MCC) and MS-DRG 522 (Hip Replacement with Principal Diagnosis of Hip Fracture without MCC). 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, writes that attention must be paid to coding guidelines and instructional notes for blindness, low vision, and laterality when reporting diseases of the eye and adnexa in Chapter 7 of the ICD-10-CM manual. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Sarah Nehring, CCS, CCDS, says that strokes are complicated, which is why it is important for inpatient coders to be familiar with the brain’s anatomy and the clinical concepts of a stroke in order to report the most accurate ICD-10-CM codes.
Pulmonary hypertension is a complex, progressive disease that affects both children and adults, and leads to significant morbidity and mortality. In this article, Amy Sanderson, MD , reviews this disease to help ensure proper inpatient reporting and more precise queries.