Q: Is it appropriate to assign ICD-10-CM code Y95 (nosocomial condition) based on the documentation of healthcare-associated pneumonia (HCAP) or hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP)? It is appropriate to assign the code for documented healthcare-associated conditions. Should this still be queried for specificity, and should the hospital-acquired condition (i.e., pneumonia) be coded as bacterial, viral, or something else?
The American Hospital Association recently released its response to CMS’ FY 2017 IPPS proposed rule. The letter, which was sent to CMS’ acting administrator Andrew Slavitt, was presented on behalf of approximately 5,000 AHA member facilities and 43,000 individual members.
Since the physician doesn't need to use a specific root operation term in documentation, coders should not rely solely on the term the physician uses. Coders need to know the definitions and the nuances of the root operations, especially those involving a device.
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