Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) specialists must understand CMS pay-for-performance measures in order to improve data quality . Shannon Newell, RHIA, CCC, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, Steve Weichhand, and Sean Johnson explain how Patient Safety Indicator 90 is measured and what role CDI specialists play in capturing data for this measure.
ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM differentiate between acute and chronic meniscus tears. Kristi Pollard, RHIT, CCS, CPC, CIRCC , and Gretchen Young-Charles, RHIA, review how to code these injuries in both systems.
Myths and misinformation about query practices still remain. Cheryl Ericson, MS, RN, CCDS, William E. Haik, MD, FCCP, CDIP, CDIP, and Nelly Leon-Chisen, RHIA, provide a refresher on how and when to query physicians.
Three university hospitals saw a doubling of Recovery Auditor audit activity from 2010–2011 to 2012–2013, and a nearly three-fold increase in overpayment determinations, according to a new study in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.
Q: How should the diagnosis of urinary tract infection (UTI) and encephalopathy be sequenced, specifically which diagnosis should be the principal? If physician documentation indicates that the patient came in with confusion, can encephalopathy be assigned as the principal diagnosis if it is due to the UTI and no other contributing issues are present?