Q: When coding and trying to sequence a diagnosis such as pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, I understand that there is a “use after” mandate, but how are coders to know which codes the “use additional code” note is providing sequencing advice for?
On October 31, CMS announced that it awarded contracts to the next round of Medicare fee-for-service Recovery Auditors. The base period for contracts is 12 months from the date the contract is awarded, said CMS.
MS-DRG audits are nothing new, but their frequency has significantly increased over the last two years. In this article, Sam Antonios, MD, FACP, FHM, CPE, CCDS , gives facilities tips to increase the likelihood of overturning MS-DRG denials.
Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP , reviews changes that were made in the 2017 ICD-10-PCS Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting to arteries and stents. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register for the free content if you do not have a paid subscription.
Laura Legg, RHIT, CCS, CDIP, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, writes that coders need to review the newly released coding guidelines in detail in order to understand the changes and implications the new standard for clinical validation has on their facilities.