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.
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.
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.
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.