CMS recently made an administrative settlement process available for inpatient status claims. This process is open to eligible hospitals willing to withdraw pending appeals in exchange for a timely partial payment, or 66% of the net allowable amount, CMS said in the statement.
Trey La Charité, MD, FACP, CCDS , notes that getting a handle on a facilities’ case-mix index (CMI) fluctuations can be difficult, and shares insights to how CDI teams can handle these CMI difficulties.
Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP , writes about how the selection of the code and a principal diagnosis seems fairly straightforward, but there are multiple factors that must be considered and reviewed before a coder can assign a certain diagnosis as principal.
The 2017 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting brought many changes and updates for coders, and present-on-admission (POA) reporting was not excluded. Completely understanding POA guidelines is necessary for any inpatient coder.