Regularly reviewing hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) and preparing for unanticipated reporting situations will ensure your facility can submit these with the utmost accuracy. Joe Rivet, JD, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, CICA, CPMA, CAC, CACO, helps coders better understand HACs by outlining the basics and giving tips for improving inpatient documentation and coding for these conditions.
Cathy Farraher, RN, BSN, MBA, CCM, CCDS, writes that CDI professionals can work to reduce the incidence of physician query fatigue and gives recommendations to help improve provider response rate while reducing query frustration.
CMS released the FY 2020 IPPS final rule on August 2, which finalized its decision on requests for new MS-DRG designations for chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapies. Upheld from the proposed rule, CMS denied these requests.
Q: What would be reported as the principal diagnosis if a patient was admitted with both a urinary tract infection (UTI) and sepsis? What would be reported first if the patient developed a catheter-associated UTI with sepsis?
It’s that time of year when coders eagerly await the release of the new ICD-10-CM/PCS codes and guideline updates for the upcoming year. Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, tackles the fiscal year (FY) 2020 IPPS final rule to highlight 2020 code set and guideline changes. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
While it is essential to receive continuing education on ICD-10-CM/PCS code selection, it is also important to stay current with industry news. Joe Rivet, JD, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, CICA, CPMA, CAC, CACO , reviews inpatient reporting and guideline updates for fiscal year 2020. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CRC , reviews the answers to commonly asked questions pertaining to sepsis documentation to help coders and CDI specialists ensure accurate reporting of this condition.
Tamara Hicks, RN, BSN, MHA, CCS, CCS, ACM-RN, CCDS-O , explains how her organization implemented a CDI career ladder and why it’s an important step for hospitals looking to expand their coding and CDI departments.
Q: A diabetic patient is diagnosed with a gangrenous decubitus ulcer of the left heel and admitted to the hospital for treatment. If the provider documents an association between diabetes and the decubitus ulcer, which condition should be sequenced as the principal diagnosis?
CMS released the fiscal year (FY) 2020 IPPS final rule on August 2 with updates to payment rates and wage index values, changes to CC/MCC designations, and revisions to various MS-DRGs. Policy updates affect approximately 3,300 acute care hospitals and apply to discharges beginning October 1.