James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, says that since the clinical intent and language of physicians does not translate into the administrative language of ICD-10-CM, understanding and embracing both their clinical foundations is essential to accurately measure outcomes and ensure coding compliance.
Shannon Newell, RHIA, CCS, explains that pneumonia discharges impact hospital payments under the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program, as well as the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, and conveys what CDI teams can do to help.
Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA, CHPS , writes about how one of the many coder obligations is to report noncompliant activities and provides information on how to do this anonymously. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription. Once you have set up your free registration, you can log in and access this article by clicking here.