CMS released a national coverage determination recently covering a percutaneous left atrial appendage closure through their “coverage with evidence development” policy. CMS says this policy will be fully implemented on October 3, 2016.
Q: The coders at my facility have started automatically linking congestive heart failure, hypertension, and chronic kidney disease (CKD) to the combination code without any documentation of CHF “due to” hypertension. There is no documentation of hypertensive heart disease anywhere in the record, and the diagnoses are not linked anywhere in the record.
Accurately reporting altered mental status and encephalopathy can be a challenge that requires coordination between coders and providers. James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, explains best practices for coding these tricky conditions. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register if you do not have a paid subscription.
Shannon Newell, RHIA, CCS, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, writes that the majority of the 2017 IPPS final rule updates are consistent with those outlined in the proposed rule, but contain a few refinements. She reviews refinements to the number of claims-based outcomes linked to payment.