Trey La Charité, MD, FACP, SFHM, CCS, CCDS , writes that one area of risk unique to CDI and coding staff is the physician query. While the creation of the individual physician query usually garners most of the attention, maintenance of query compliance is equally important and frequently overlooked.
Sarah A. Nehring, CCS, CCDS, details ICD-10-PCS reporting for extracorporeal membranous oxygenation (ECMO) procedures and says basic knowledge of what an ECMO procedure is, how it is established in a patient, and why it is used can have a large impact on proper reporting and hospital reimbursement.
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O, reviews the latest guidance and ICD-10-CM reporting for common novel coronavirus (COVID-19) scenarios such as reporting for patients who present for testing with symptoms of COVID-19. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The state of New York issued an executive order directly effecting the work of health information management professionals that limits documentation and coding requirements for COVID-19 patients. Around the same time, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it will reimburse hospitals nationwide at Medicare rates for treating uninsured COVID-19 patients.
Amy Sanderson, MD , writes that cerebral edema and brain compression are the result of significant brain abnormalities that can be life-threatening, and it’s important for clinicians to recognize and treat these conditions promptly. Properly documenting these diagnoses in the medical record is important to accurately reflect just how sick these patients are.
CMS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a new ICD-10-CM code for reporting COVID-19 along with relief for facilities participating in quality reporting during COVID-19. Guidance on MS-DRG assignment and CC/MCC status for the new COVID-19 code has also been released.
Q: Is there is any guidance on ICD-10-CM reporting for screening for COVID-19? For example, a patient was admitted with pneumonia and the physician documented “COVID-19 screening completed–NEGATIVE.” Would it be appropriate to assign ICD-10-CM code Z11.59 (encounter for screening for other viral diseases) for this?
Sarah Nehring, CCS, CCDS, reviews ICD-10-CM reporting for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as ICD-10-PCS reporting for procedures such as mechanical ventilations, tracheostomies, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenations. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Julian Everett, RN, BSN, CDIP , details the updated pediatric sepsis recommendations presented by the Surviving Sepsis Campaign which provides insight for clinical documentation specialists and inpatient coders on current clinical practices for the treatment of pediatric severe sepsis and septic shock.