Coders and clinical documentation improvement specialists often focus on different information when reviewing documentation for heart disease. Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCDS, and Cheryl Ericson, MS, RN, CCDS, CDIP, highlight the different perspectives.
Coders and clinical documentation specialists can use queries to improve physician documentation of a patient’s severity of illness and risk of mortality. Rhonda Peppers, RN, BS, CCDS, and Sara Baine, MSN-Ed, CCDS, walk through a case study to highlight query opportunities.
Q: Can CDI programs use the information on ambulance forms or trip tickets to abstract from if the information is pulled into or reiterated in the ED or history and physical (H&P) documentation? Our staff doesn’t want to miss criteria that would diminish our ability to substantiate the true severity of illness of some patients, but I have been informed that coders are not allowed to code from ambulance papers or information.