Coders are the backbone of an organization’s fiscal health. Timely coding leads to timely revenue collection. Glenn Krauss, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, PCS, FCS, C-CDIS, discusses why coders must be willing to look beyond their traditional roles to help ensure the continued financial viability and success of the organization.
Patients aren’t the only ones paying attention to quality scores these days. Payers are, too. Cheryl Manchenton, RN, BSN, and Audrey G. Howard, RHIA, explain why coders and clinical documentation improvement specialists must understand which conditions affect provider profiles.
Coders play a crucial role in ensuring compliance, and the FY 2013 IPPS final rule , released August 1, gives them many reasons to showcase their skills. William E. Haik, MD, FCCP, CDIP, and Glenn Krauss, BBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, C-CDI, CCDS, detail the changes and how coders can take charge of them.
Providers may find themselves with a completely new definition of the term inpatient if CMS follows through with its intent to clarify this ever-confusing patient status, as explained in the 2013 OPPS proposed rule published July 30. The agency solicits input from providers on pp. 45155-45157 of the rule and suggests that it may implement fairly significant changes going forward.