Providers gauge the severity of an acute brain injury using the Glasgow Coma Scale, and in ICD-10-CM, coders will be able to code this score. Kim Carr, RHIT, CCS, CDIP, CCDS , and Gretchen Young-Charles, RHIA, explain how to code the coma scale in ICD-10-CM.
Malnutrition is at its most basic level any nutritional imbalance and it is often underdiagnosed. James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, William E. Haik, MD, FCCP, CDIP, and Mindy Hamilton, RD, LD , explain the clinical indicators and coding basics for malnutrition.
Q: We have a problem getting our physicians to understand what we are querying for chronic respiratory failure when a patient is on home oxygen continuously with documented supplementary oxygen of less than 90%, or arterial blood gas with hypoxemia. The physicians tell us chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is chronic respiratory failure by definition. Can you help us clarify this situation or give us some tips on how to educate our physicians?