Pneumonia is an inflammatory process that affects the lung tissue. Robert S. Gold, MD , and Shelley C. Safian, PhD, MAOM/HSM, CCS-P, CPC-H, CHA, explain the clinical and documentation pieces of pneumonia coding.
Q: I’m in a little debate: Does documentation of the patient’s body mass index (BMI) need to come from an ancillary clinician, like the dietitian or nurse? I thought that we could use such ancillary documentation for clinical indicators supporting our physician query, but the treating physician needed to document the BMI. Can you help clarify this for me?