Audrey Howard, RHIA, and Susan Belley, RHIA, CPHQ , write that since acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is included as a common respiratory manifestation of COVID-19 in the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting , it is essential to understand the syndrome for accurate and complete inpatient reporting. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
It’s important for inpatient coders to frequently review hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) and present on admission (POA) indicators and the rules governing their assignment in order to ensure proper reimbursement. Part one of a two-part series will review POA indicators in particular.
Alba Kuqi, MD, CICA, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CSMC, MSHIM, RHIA, says with recent audit activity and the Office of Inspector General’s continued scrutiny of malnutrition diagnoses, it’s important to dig into the coding and documentation requirements for this tricky diagnosis, particularly in the case of COVID-19 patients.
CMS is modifying its approach for presenting new technology add-on-payment-related ICD-10-PCS code requests that involve the administration of therapeutic agents for its March 9-10, 2021 ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting.
Sarah Nehring, RHIT, CCS, CCDS, writes that ICD-10-CM reporting of sequelae generally requires two codes, but the codes assigned and the sequencing depend on whether the sequela is from a cerebrovascular accident, a traumatic injury, or an infection such as COVID-19. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
In this article, Alba Kuqi, MD, CICA, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CSMC, RHIA, says inpatient coding professionals need to look for signs and symptoms supportive of sepsis in order to report the most accurate codes, which is why staying up to date on the ever-changing clinical criteria for sepsis is so important.
Q: We are confused about which body part value in ICD-10-PCS should be captured for an incision and drainage (I&D) of a perianal abscess of the left buttocks because the physician documented both “perianal” and “left buttocks.”