Coding for damage control surgery and acute blood loss anemia can be difficult when clear provider documentation is not found within the medical record. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC, outlines best practices for identifying anemia and ensuring more accurate documentation.
Complying with healthcare regulations within a coding department or physician practice involves promoting a positive attitude toward activities such as self-monitoring and staying up-to-date with healthcare regulations. Follow these steps to adhere to sound business ethics and set expectations for behavior across an organization. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
In this article, Valerie A. Rinkle, MPA, offers guidance regarding the 340B drug discount program. She provides tips for accurate documentation of drug purchases and reviews frequently asked questions about billing for 340B-acquired drugs in 2018.
With providers continuing to expand clinical documentation improvement efforts into outpatient settings, ACDIS has published a position paper offering guidance to outpatient CDI departments for performing queries.
While a facility’s case–mix index is an important metric to measure, program managers and directors warn that metrics mean different things to different stakeholders and that CDI programs need to work diligently to present their data within the context of a host of other important measures.
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, writes about the Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) recent audit findings regarding the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code for kwashiorkor, and discusses what coders can do to stay compliant when coding guidance is lacking. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Q: I have a question regarding unilateral weakness from a previous stroke. The patient has ongoing weakness in both right arm and leg post cerebrovascular accident (CVA) and associated ataxia post CVA in 2013. What is the accurate code assignment?
Victoria M. Hernandez, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P , AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, and Debi Primeau, RHIA, FAHIMA , highlight several areas that illustrate the increasing importance of code specificity to ensure accurate reporting and appropriate reimbursement.
Hospitals are seeing a growing number of staff move off-site. Remote inpatient coders are common and might work from home several days a week. The shift is fueled in part by EHRs: As paper records disappear, it’s less necessary to have staff in nonclinical positions on-site. And, for many hospitals, space is at a premium.
Upon reviewing 2,145 inpatient claims at 25 providers, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that all but one claim incorrectly included the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code for kwashiorkor (260). This resulted in overpayments in excess of $6 million, according to the OIG report .
Jocelyn E. Murray, RN, CCDS, reviews the similarities and differences between CDI audits and coding compliance audits and says it’s our collective responsibility to provide the insight that defines the two specialties and the critical efforts both bring to the table.
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CCDS, CDIP, interprets the various guidance given in Coding Clinic , Fourth Quarter 2017, including pre-bill audits and denials based on clinical criteria, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with exacerbated asthma.
Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP , writes that understanding the epidemiology of HIV, its manifestations, and its stages are important when reviewing the medical record for ICD-10-CM coding, and interpreting provider documentation and understanding the coding guidelines are of the upmost importance for proper sequencing.
Q: What would be the ideal way to code a case where a patient has ongoing encephalopathy after a subdural hematoma multiple years ago? I keep seeing documentation as a brain injury with ongoing encephalopathy, but is there a way to improve on this?
The first week of December was National Influenza Vaccination Week, a week highlighting the importance of continuing flu vaccination, particularly through the holiday season. Peggy Blue, MPH, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC , writes about CPT coding for vaccinations and immunization administration.