On the surface, you may think that transitioning from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM for reporting schizophrenia, schizoid personality, and bipolar disorders is a dramatic change. However, Shelley C. Safian, PhD, CCS-P, CPC-H, CPC-I, reveals that with some minor adjustments, the change can be a smooth one.
Plenty of uncertainty surrounds the ICD-10 implementation delay, but healthcare organizations shouldn’t put the brakes on their plans. Cheryl Ericson, MS, RN, CCDS, CDIP , William E. Haik, MD, FCCP, CDIP , Monica Lenahan, CCS , Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCDS, and James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, offer thoughts on how to keep moving forward with ICD-10.
In the wake of the latest ICD-10 implementation delay, coders and other healthcare professionals are looking for ways to continue with their implementation and training. They are also looking for ways to minimize the disruptions the delay may cause.
Q: Our physicians document a diagnosis of pneumonia but do not normally make a specific connection with the patient's ventilator status, even when this is obvious from the record. For example, the patient's been on the ventilator support immediately prior to the diagnosis. Can I report this as ventilator-associated pneumonia in ICD-10-CM without the documentation specifically connecting the conditions?