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.
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.