Richard D. Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS , describes the Third International Consensus Definitions for sepsis and septic shock as published on February 23 in the Journal of the American Medical Association , and what the impact will be for both clinicians and coders.
Shannon Newell, RHIA, CCS, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, explains how under the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement, acute care hospitals in selected geographic areas assume quality and payment accountability for retrospectively calculated bundled payments for lower extremity joint replacement episodes, and how this now requires a CDI evolution.
Q: We are having trouble determining how to assign a code for a pressure ulcer that begins as a Stage I concern that is present on admission (POA) but advances during the patient’s stay to a Stage II or a Stage III. Coding Clinic, Fourth Quarter 2008, p. 194, tells us that even if the ulcer advances it would still be coded as POA, but would even an advanced stage still be considered POA?
An infographic newly released by CMS guides healthcare providers toward better assessing, addressing, and maintaining progress since ICD-10 implementation. Identifying key performance indicators and creating baselines for KPI analysis are important steps in tracking progress, says CMS.
When the Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO) took over the role of education and enforcement for the 2-midnight rule on October 1, 2015, many anticipated that their reviews would only look at records from that date forward, but some hospitals have reported QIO record requests zeroing in on cases as far back as May 2015 and requesting charts for inpatient-only surgeries.