With Recovery Auditor audits on hold, hospitals may have experienced a decrease in the number of audits that must be addressed. Cathie Wilde, RHIA, CCS, and Kim Carr, RHIT, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, explain why organizations still need to be able to justify code assignment.
Medical record audits provide opportunities to educate coders, physicians, and/or clinical documentation improvement specialists. Robert S. Gold, MD, offers tidbits about volume overload and heart failure from recent reviews he’s done.
Drainage procedures can be therapeutic in nature or diagnostic, such as when a physician removes a fluid or gas for biopsy. A nita Rapier, RHIT, CCS, Nelly Leon-Chisen, RHIA, and Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCDS , highlight the differences in coding diagnostic and therapeutic thoracocentesis and lumbar tap procedures in ICD-10-PCS.
Q: If the physician documents “concerning for,” “considering,” “cannot be ruled out,” or “cannot be excluded” for a diagnosis, is that considered an uncertain diagnosis? Can those terms be coded if the patient is being worked up? Are the terms “concerning for” and “considering” equal to the uncertain diagnosis terms “yet to be ruled out”?