Acute kidney injury (AKI) is an abrupt decrease in kidney function that is reversible within three months of loss of function. Garry L. Huff, MD, CCS, CCDS, and Kim Yelton, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, review the clinical definition of AKI and coding for both ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM.
The Cooperating Parties added a 17th section to the ICD-10-PCS Manual for 2016: Section X (New Technology). Pat Brooks, RHIA, and Rhonda Butler, CCS, CCS-P, highlight how and when to use codes in this new section.
A recent salary survey conducted by our sister publication Medical Records Briefing found the same trends prevail year after year: the 145 HIM professionals who responded feel they are overworked and underpaid.
Q: I have been asked to build a query for a diagnosis of SIRS and/or sepsis for the following scenario: The patient was admitted for an infection urinary tract infection (UTI), pyelonephritis (PNA) and meets two SIRS criteria. The patient may be treated with oral or intravenous antibiotics, and may be on a general medical floor (not intensive care). The physician did not document SIRS or sepsis. I am having a hard time with this query because I am not sure if this would be considered adding new information to the chart or leading the physician by introducing a new diagnosis. Do you have any suggestions?