Q: CMS released guidance last summer about not auditing or counting errors for the specificity of an ICD-10-CM code. CMS is not going to count the code as an error as long as the first three digits are correct. Does this apply to medical necessity diagnoses and edits?
If two ICD-10-CM diagnoses are not related to each other, but exist at the same time, they may be reported together despite an Excludes1 note, according to a recent release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The coding advice has been approved by the four Cooperating Parties—the American Health Information Management Association, the American Hospital Association, CMS, and the National Center for Health Statistics.
Gwen S. Regenwether, BSN, RN, and Cheree A. Lueck, BSN, RN, look at how to use audit and query rate information to improve documentation at a facility and how to encourage continuing education and collaboration going forward.
Gwen S. Regenwether, BSN, RN, and Cheree A. Lueck, BSN, RN, discuss how the clinical documentation improvement department at their facility operates and their process for conducting a baseline audit and determining query rates across specialties.