Coding managers should not assume that they can review every coding guideline, Coding Clinic , or coding-related issue targeted by the Office of Inspector General. Review considerations for conducting focused internal and external audits. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Reviewing a sample of claims for clinical validity and coding accuracy can seem like a daunting task. Kaitlin Loos, RN, BSN, CDI auditor, and Molly Siebert, RHIA, CCDS, CDI specialist, describe their individualized review processes.
CMS released the fiscal year (FY) 2023 IPPS proposed rule on April 18, with proposals for the annual ICD-10-CM/PCS code update and increases to hospital payment rates. The rule also introduces new quality measures aimed at advancing health equity and improving maternal health outcomes.
Inpatient coders must be familiar with different types of denials such as those due to clinical validity concerns. Alba Kuqi, MD, MSHIM, CDIP, CCS, CCDS, CRCR, CICA, CSMC, RHIA, CCM , outlines components of a clinical validation denial and tools used to craft a clinical validation appeal.