Julian Everett, RN, BSN, CDIP , says that 2020 should be the year when more CDI programs and inpatient coding teams ponder the idea of expanding into reviewing obstetrics. In this article, Everett details key areas to consider when starting these reviews, including hiring staff that have experience in obstetrics, conducting case sample assessments, and providing education on coding guidelines.
Sarah Nehring, CCS, CCDS , writes that because of the complexity and frequency of ischemic stroke admissions, inpatient coders should review clinical criteria and ICD-10-CM reporting regularly for this diagnosis to ensure accurate coding and reimbursement. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
While the premise for quality programs is largely the same across the board, there are many programs and measures that fall under the “quality” banner. From readmissions to present on admission (POA) and patient safety indicators (PSI), CDI programs have a myriad of potential options in terms of record review focus.
In 2017, roughly 48 million incident cases of sepsis were recorded worldwide and 11 million sepsis-related deaths were reported, according to a study published in The Lancet . According to the study, this represents 19.7% of all global deaths.
Trey La Charité, MD, FACP, SFHM, CCS, CCDS , writes about conflicting documentation and how coders and clinical documentation integrity specialists can resolve inconsistencies in provider documentation to prevent claim denials.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, making up almost 25% of all cancer deaths in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. In this article, Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O , reviews ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding for common types of cancer. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The ICD-10-PCS Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting were updated for 2020 to include guidelines for coding brachytherapy performed in the inpatient setting. Sarah Nehring, CCS, CCDS , details these changes and how they will impact ICD-10-PCS reporting for permanent and temporary brachytherapy.
CMS recently published Special Edition MLN Matters article 20004 regarding changes to new technology add-on payments (NTAP) under the IPPS that are meant to increase access to innovative antibiotics for hospital inpatients.