For coders, the summer months can be some of the busiest, particularly for those working in areas that attract tourists. Linda Schwab Messmer, RHIT, CCS, and Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, COBGC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, review ICD-9-CM codes for common summer injuries and ailments.
CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently hosted a listening session to gather industry feedback and concerns about health information technology adoption. Read some of the highlights of the session and comments from providers in the field.
Recovery Auditors audit the MS-DRG, principle diagnosis, any secondary diagnoses, and any procedures that affect—or could affect—DRGs. Christina Benjamin, MA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, reveals the most important documentation pitfalls and coding guidelines challenges related to MS-DRGs under auditor scrutiny.
The recent ACDIS 2013 ICD-10 Preparation Survey found that 48 % of respondents don’t plan to add coding staff members to meet the challenge of ICD-10 implementation. Meanwhile, 66 % of respondents said they don’t plan to hire additional clinical documentation improvement (CDI) staff.