Sequela, or late effect, is the remaining or lasting condition produced after the acute stage of a condition or injury has ended. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, CCS-P, CPC-H, CPC-I, reviews the correct way to code for sequelae in ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM.
Learning to code in ICD-10-PCS is in some respects like learning a language, you need a strong foundation in the rules. Sue Bowman, MJ, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA , Gerri Walk, CCS-P , Nena Scott, MSEd, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P , and Jennifer Avery, CCS, CPC-H, CPC, CPC-I, discuss the guidelines related to root operations in ICD-10-PCS.
CMS focused on quality measures in the 2015 IPPS proposed rule, released April 30. Kimberly A.H. Baker, JD, Cheryl Ericson, MS, RN, CCDS, CDIP, James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP ,and Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCDS, highlight the most significant proposed changes.
Q: A few days into the patient’s stay, an order for a Foley catheter was placed for incontinence and around the same time the physician documented a urinary tract infection (UTI). Would it be appropriate to query the physician regarding the relationship of the UTI to the Foley? Our infection control department caught this but we did not. I am concerned about this for two reasons; first, I worry about writing a leading query and second, whether the UTI could be considered a hospital-acquired condition (HAC) if additional documentation isn’t provided.