Q: I’ve heard conflicting information about reporting uncertain diagnoses. Do the ICD-10-CM diagnoses need to be documented in the discharge summary/final progress note or can they be coded from an earlier progress note?
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One strategy for handling the confluence of confusion surrounding frequent criteria changes comes in developing a set of organizationwide clinical criteria for targeted, high-risk/high-volume diagnoses. This article discusses others’ experiences in developing standardized clinical indicators and guidelines at their facilities.
Inpatient coders may query to achieve clarity within the medical record and allow for accurate ICD-10-CM/PCS reporting. This article will cover when to query, how to format a query, and review ICD-10-PCS code anatomy to ensure a well-rounded and precise query is submitted. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.