The holidays can be a stressful time for coding departments, especially this year with the implementation of ICD-10. Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC, and Darice Grzybowski, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA, provide methods for HIM managers to keep coders engaged and productive this time of year and beyond.
Linda Renee Brown, RN, MA, CCDS, CCS, CDIP, writes about the importance of tracking venous thromboembolism at hospitals and how to ensure physician documentation includes the correct level of detail to capture it.
Q: We recently had attending physicians send back queries with responses by the physician assistant (PA) or nurse practitioner (NP) who documented for them. Is it acceptable for a PA or NP to answer queries after the patient is discharged?