Physician groups have led much of the resistance against ICD-10 implementation. At its June Delegates meeting, the AMA approved a resolution from W. Jeff Terry, MD, for a two-year grace period to protect physicians from errors and mistakes related to the code set. Terry also authored an AMA resolution to delay ICD-10 in November 2011, which led to postponing implementation until October 1, 2014.
Coders may need to have a conversation with physicians about how changes in ICD-10-CM could require additional documentation for mental disorders due to a known physiological condition. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, CCS-P, CPC-H, CPC-I , AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, compares coding for these conditions in ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM.
When Paul Belton, RHIA, MBA, JD, LLM, speaks about the culture at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, you can hear the pride and enthusiasm swelling in his voice. Having served as the vice president of corporate compliance for the past 15 years, Belton has led the ongoing effort to ensure that all employees "do the right thing" at all times.
When it comes to coding malnutrition, coders need to see very specific information in the physician documentation. James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, William E. Haik, MD, FCCP, CDIP , and Mindy Hamilton, RD, LD, review the clinical factors for malnutrition and how to assign the correct ICD-9-CM codes.
It took some time to break down the wall between coders and CDI specialists at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C. However, that wall eventually crumbled. Linda Rhodes, RN, BSN, CCDS, manager of CDI, says an increased emphasis on communication and respect is what did the trick.
Heather Taillon, RHIA, Cheryl Collins, BS, RN , and Andrea Clark, RHIA, CCS, CPC-H , explain the basic rules regarding principal diagnosis selection in general and for neoplasms in particular in ICD-9-CM.