Physicians often use different terms interchangeably when documenting sepsis. Robert Gold, MD , and Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, RHIT, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, define the different terms and review when to query for additional clarification.
CDI specialists shouldn’t focus on reimbursement, yet the reality is that improved documentation often does lead to higher payments for the hospital. Darice Grzybowski, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA, and Jon Elion, MD, offer tips on how CDI programs can mitigate ethical quandaries and demonstrate best practice.
In order for coders to report ICD-9-CM procedure code 96.72 (continuous invasive mechanical ventilation for 96 consecutive hours or more), the provider must document that the patient received more than 96 hours of continuous ventilation. A recent OIG report found that 96% of claims incorrectly included code 96.72 between 2009 and 2011.