In order for coders to report ICD-9-CM procedure code 96.72 (continuous invasive mechanical ventilation for 96 consecutive hours or more), the provider must document that the patient received more than 96 hours of continuous ventilation. A recent OIG report found that 96% of claims incorrectly included code 96.72 between 2009 and 2011.
Q: A patient presents with altered mental status/encephalopathy due to a urinary tract infection (UTI). The patient has a history of dementia. The final diagnosis is encephalopathy due to UTI. Should we code the encephalopathy as a secondary diagnosis because it’s an MCC and not always a symptom of a UTI?
Q: A patient undergoes placement of a MediPort ® to receive chemotherapy for lung cancer. What principal diagnosis should we report? Should we report V58.81 (fitting and adjustment of vascular catheter) or 162.9 (malignant neoplasm of bronchus and lung unspecified)?
Q: Our facility has a question about how other hospitals address this scenario: Patient is discharged to home (discharge status code 01). No documentation exists in the medical record to support post-acute care. Several months later, our Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) notifies us that the patient indeed went to post-acute care after discharge. The MAC retracts our entire payment. We need to resubmit the claim with the correct discharge status code. We are reluctant to do so because nothing in the medical record supports the post-acute care provided. Are other hospitals amending the record? If so, which department is adding the amended note?
Q: How will I report the initial insertion of a dual-chamber pacemaker device in ICD-10-PCS? The physician inserted two leads—one into the atrium and one into the ventricle–using a percutaneous approach into the patient’s chest.