CMS not only redefines inpatient status in the 2014 IPPS proposed rule, but it also discusses the ‘why’ and ‘how’ physicians should document the defining characteristic of all admissions: medical necessity. Glenn Krauss, BBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, C-CDI, CCDS, and Cheryl Ericson, MS, RN, CCDS, CDIP, explain how the proposals could impact inpatient admissions.
The accuracy and completeness of coded data can potentially affect physicians more as the healthcare industry becomes increasingly transparent to consumers. William E. Haik, MD, FCCP, CDIP, Timothy Brundage, MD, Melanie Endicott, MBA/HCM, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, Cathy Testerman, CCS, EMT, and Donna Walker-Thomas, MBA, RHIA, CPC, CMA, review how coded data relates to physician profiling and offer tips for engaging physicians in documentation improvement.
CMS and auditors are increasing scrutiny of CCs and MCCs. William E. Haik, MD, FCCP, CDIP, provides tips that coders can use to look for clinical evidence in the record before querying for these targeted conditions.
CMS has had a couple of busy months releasing various FY 2014 proposed rules. On May 1, CMS issued its proposed rule for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) . On May 2, the agency issued its proposed rule for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF) . The two rules come in the wake of the IPPS proposed rule issued April 26.