With much of the coding workforce working remotely, the inpatient coding manager must implement some control mechanisms to ensure the distractions at home are not interfering with the quality and quantity of work expected from the staff. In this article Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA, CHPS, gives suggestions on the various ways to monitor your remote coding staff, including tips for conducting coding reviews. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Joe Rivet, JD, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, CICA, CPMA, CAC, CACO, reviews how to report the stage and type of various skin ulcers, the fiscal year (FY) 2020 guideline updates for pressure ulcers, and common terminology traps inpatient coders can get tripped up by.
Q: Our coding team saw that there is a new section for radiation therapy in the FY 2020 ICD-10-PCS Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting . Can you explain the recent changes made to this section?
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O, HCS-D, reviews the 2020 ICD-10-CM code changes for atrial fibrillation, as well as the clinical background and ICD-10-PCS reporting for related procedures. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, writes that one of the most interesting aspects of the ICD-10-CM code update for fiscal year (FY) 2020 was CMS’ proposal to change the severity assignment for many of these codes. In this article, Blue compares the severity changes that were suggested in the FY 2020 IPPS proposed rule with the designations that were actually finalized.
Q: We recently had a patient who was admitted with sepsis and the physician documented sepsis, a urinary tract infection (UTI) related to a chronic Foley catheter, and pneumonia. Can we report sepsis first instead of the complication code, or is the complication always first?
Sarah Nehring, CCS, CCDS, says that the last thing a query writer wants is to provoke a defensive response, but in the current healthcare environment, CDI specialists, clinical, and inpatient coding staff need to think defensively. In this article, Nehring outlines five items to remember when it comes to defendable queries, documentation, and coding.