Accurately painting a picture of the patient's severity of illness (SOI) and risk of mortality (ROM) is essential for good patient care, and it is becoming increasingly important for quality measures and reimbursement. Sara Baine, MSN-Ed, CCDS, and Rhonda Peppers, RN, BS, CCDS , explain the importance of accurately reporting conditions that affect SOI and ROM.
In order to identify patients with a CC or MCC, coders need to know when to report additional diagnoses. William E. Haik, MD, FCCP, CDIP, and Jennifer E. Avery, CCS, CPC-H, CPC, CPC-I, discuss when to report a secondary diagnosis.
A hiatus from Recovery Auditor scrutiny may have allowed HIM professionals to focus on other issues, but Laura Legg, RHIT, CCS, explores why HIM departments need to gear up for Recovery Auditors’ return.
Q: When atelectasis is noted on an ancillary test such as a CT scan of the abdomen or chest x-ray, can nursing documentation of turning, coughing, and deep breathing be considered an intervention that qualifies as one of the criteria to meet a secondary diagnosis?