Six ICD-10-PCS root operations require a device, including Revision, Replacement, and Removal. Gretchen Young-Charles, RHIA, and Anita Rapier, RHIT, CCS, review how to differentiate these root operations and report associated devices.
ICD-10-CM seventh characters can be used to report more than just the episode of care. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, RHIA, CCS-P, COC, CPC-I, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, explains different seventh character uses and when to report them.
The 2016 IPPS final rule continues CMS’ plan to shift Medicare payments from volume to quality. Shannon Newell, RHIA, CCS, and James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, analyze the rule and the impact it could have on providers.
Q: In my facility, we are supposed to send an email to our physician advisor (PA) and to administration if a query is not answered within a week. However, this policy doesn’t work well because administration does not do anything with that information, and the PA doesn’t have time to review unanswered queries. Do you have any suggestions concerning when to let a query go unanswered?