Q: Our coding team has been having trouble reporting post-operative complications due to vague physician documentation. What language might you suggest that physicians use to clarify that the complication is indeed due to surgery?
CMS recently released the FY 2022 IPPS final rule, which finalized updates to quality programs including the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, and the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program.
It’s not unusual for CDI and inpatient coding teams to cite physician education and engagement as one of their top struggles in the field. In this article, read how the CDI team at Avera Health System turned to their query data to craft a focused education program and meet their physicians on the same page.
CMS generally took the path of least resistance and cushioned the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the fiscal year (FY) 2022 IPPS final rule. Effective October 1, the final rule covers payment rate updates, new technology add-on payments, and changes to MS-DRG rate setting and groupings.
Sarah Nehring, RHIT, CCS, CCDS, writes that in light of the fiscal year 2022 ICD-10-CM update to encephalopathy, now is a good time for inpatient coders to review common forms of encephalopathy and its reporting. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.