Sarah Nehring, CCS, CCDS, RHIT , writes that the increased complexity and cost of implantable cardiac defibrillator devices is reflected in the higher relative weight and longer length of stay for these MS-DRGs compared to pacemaker MS-DRGs. 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, reviews ICD-10-CM reporting and clinical criteria for pneumonia and its causative agents and associated comorbidities. Everett also details documentation recommendations for providers to ensure inpatient coders can report this disease with the utmost accuracy.
CMS recently released guidance stating that for inpatient novel coronavirus (COVID-19) claims, a positive viral test result is now required in order to be eligible for the 20% increase in the MS-DRG weighting factor. This became effective for all admissions on or after September 1.
Q: When is it appropriate to report both flash or acute pulmonary edema and acute on chronic heart failure (diastolic, systolic, or other) in ICD-10-CM? What other etiologies lead to flash pulmonary edema and how do I know when to query?
Alba Kuqi, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CICA, CSCM, explains the definition of acute ischemic syndrome and the clinical indicators that make a difference when reviewing a medical record. In part one of this two-part series, Kuqi takes a look at the myocardial anatomy, stable/unstable angina, and Prinzmetal's angina.
Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, writes that attention must be paid to coding conventions and general coding guidelines when reviewing the ICD-10-CM manual for correct code assignment for diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
In July, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report regarding the incorrect assignment of ICD-10-CM codes for severe malnutrition on inpatient hospital claims. In this article, Yvette M. DeVay, MHA, CPC, CPMA, CIC , reviews these findings and explains how to better document and report malnutrition.
Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O , writes that the cost of new technologies can lead to an overwhelming financial burden to hospitals and patients, which is why accurate reporting of ICD-10-PCS codes in the new technology section of the ICD-10-PCS manual is more important than ever.
Q: We have an elderly patient admitted in our hospital who is also presenting with glaucoma. Since we don’t report glaucoma on a regular basis, can you explain any background, guidelines, or tips for reporting glaucoma in ICD-10-CM?