After an almost five-month deferment, the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organizations resumed initial patient status reviews of short stays in acute care inpatient hospitals, long-term care hospitals, and inpatient psychiatric facilities, CMS announced on their website.
Laura Legg, RHIT, CCS, CDIP , explains how the coming months will prove to be challenging for coders because of the new ICD-10 codes for both diagnoses and procedures beginning October 1. Along with that, we’ll see the end of the CMS grace period on code specificity for Part B physician payments and updated ICD-10-CM Official Coding Guidelines .
Laurie L. Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP , writes that as many CDI teams work to expand their risk adjustment programs, a melding of two skill sets, that of CDI specialists and coding professionals, are required to succeed.
Q: I am with a CDI program that is starting to explore severity of illness/risk of mortality (SOI/ROM). I personally have been reviewing for SOI/ROM for quite a while. I usually designate the impact (MCC/CC/SOI/ROM) after the billing is done and see if what I queried for made a final impact, and only take credit for those that do. I was told that regardless of the actual final impact on SOI/ROM, we should be taking credit for any SOI/ROM clarification as SOI/ROM impact. Which is the most accurate, “correct” way to capture the CDI impact for these types of clarifications?
Since the physician doesn't need to document a specific root operation, coders cannot rely solely on the terms the physician uses; thus it is important for each coder to fully understand each root operation, including Restriction and Occlusion. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register if you do not have a paid subscription.