Q: My hospital’s coding team keeps having trouble distinguishing between J44.0 (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with acute lower respiratory infection) and J44.1 (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with [acute] exacerbation. Is there any guidance out there that can help clarify their differences? We would appreciate any help.
In January, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine released the 2016 Surviving Sepsis guidelines, adopting the new consensus definitions for sepsis and septic shock (Sepsis-3) established last year.
Crystal R. Stalter, CPC, CCS-P, CDIP, writes about how fully specified documentation is the key to quality care, compliance, and eventual reimbursement, and how documentation software can help to streamline these processes.