Pneumonia is the eighth-leading cause of death in the U.S. This article outlines signs and symptoms of respiratory infection, pneumonia etiologies, and ICD-10-CM coding for complex pneumonia. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
What may be considered a simple task, such as confirming present on admission status, can be complicated by discrepancies between coding and quality reporting criteria. Kate Siemens, RN, CMSRN, CCDS , outlines the ways in which coding and quality metrics do not align.
The gap between clinical reality and coding terminology can be addressed by empowering coders to use clinical judgment. Merle Zuel, RN, CCDS , discusses when it is appropriate for coders to interpret provider documentation and use their clinical judgment to code it in a certain way.