Even before ICD-10, unclear definitions for certain diagnoses and procedures led to confusion for coders trying to interpret physician documentation. Robert S. Gold, MD, writes about conditions in the new code set that could lead to potential risks for providers.
Denials are on the rise for certain diagnoses, procedures, and regulations. Sarah C. Mendiola, Esq., LPN, CPC, outlines steps providers can take to reduce denials by focusing on certain documentation details.
Q: I was reviewing a case with one of our clinical documentation improvement (CDI) specialists this morning. The following clinical indicators documented in the chart are elevated cardiac enzymes, shock, and demand ischemia. Cardiology documented “elevated cardiac enzymes in setting of shock representing a Type 2 injury.” Also documented in another note is “demand ischemia.” Should the CDI specialist query for more information?
A decrease in staff productivity has been the top challenge for providers after ICD-10 was implemented, but relatively few organizations have seen a significant decrease, according to a recent survey from Navicure.