Physician documentation must reflect severity of illness and risk of mortality for all patients. Robert S. Gold, MD, and Valerie Bica, BSN, RN, CPN, explain why pediatric patients require special attention in terms of clinical documentation improvement specialists.
According to the ICD-9-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, it’s unusual for two or more diagnoses to meet the definition of principal diagnosis. Coders know the opposite is true. William E. Haik, MD, FCCP, CDIP, Donna Didier, MEd, RHIA, CCS, and Cheryl Ericson, MS, RN, CCDS, CDIP, offer tips for determining whether multiple conditions meet the criteria for principal diagnosis.
Thirty-day readmissions for heart failure, heart attack, and pneumonia occur most frequently for reasons other than the cause of the initial hospitalization, according to a study published in the January 23 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Q: A patient presents with a sore throat, and the physician states “Sore throat; differential diagnoses include streptococcal sore throat, tonsillitis, postnasal drip.” If the physician doesn’t rule out any of the differential diagnoses, should the coder query for clarification or simply choose one of the differential diagnoses?