Q: I can't distinguish between "code first" and "in diseases classified elsewhere.” Both are used with manifestations and both can't be sequenced as principal diagnosis and both need etiology codes, so what is the difference?
Beginning and sustaining a remote CDI program can be a challenge for even seasoned professionals. Traditionally, CDI specialists put in varying amounts of face-to-face time with the physicians. Ideally, that in-person interaction makes the physicians more open to CDI efforts. However, many remote CDI programs and individual specialists have found creative ways around this face-to-face time.
Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CPC, CCS-P, CEMC , takes a look at scleroderma diagnoses and helps coders to breakdown the disease components and treatment to better identify it in documentation and improve coding. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Laura Legg, RHIT, CCS, CDIP, writes that coders will benefit from digging deeper into the meanings of the new fiscal year 2018 ICD-10-PCS cardiovascular code descriptions to be able to fully comprehend and use them.