About 1% of children in the U.S. suffer from chronic malnutrition, according to John Hopkin’s Medicine. In this article, Alba Kuqi, MD, CICA, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CSMC, MSHIM, RHIA, breaks down ICD-10-CM coding and documentation requirements for malnutrition.
Strokes are complicated, which is why it is important for inpatient coders to be familiar with the brain’s anatomy and the clinical concepts of a stroke in order to report the most accurate ICD-10-CM codes.
Supporting accurate Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) capture is essential to success under the growing number of risk-adjusted payment models. With their strong knowledge of coding and documentation guidelines and insight into emerging trends, coders are a key part of that strategy.
Facilities that are not leveraging CDI efforts for denials management and tracking denials as a key performance indicator (KPI) should consider doing so. Denials are the framework for identifying gaps in provider documentation and are a surefire approach to tailoring physician education that is meaningful.
Audit defense is a key strategy to ensure coding and billing compliance and defend earned revenue. It’s more important than ever as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to drain hospital resources, but with HIM departments already stretched thin, it’s also more difficult than ever.
In 2005, the International Pediatric Sepsis Consensus Conference published definitions for sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock. Sepsis among children is defined as systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) associated with suspected or proven infection.
Coding managers use risk assessments to measure their level of compliance with laws, regulations, and internal policies and procedures. Learn about the steps involved in E/M risk assessments and practices used to address E/M coding and billing errors.
Hospitals across the country marked the start of the new year by posting new and more detailed price information online. With the Hospital Price Transparency final rule, which became effective January 1, 2021, CMS completed the most ambitious chapter in its ongoing price transparency efforts.
Malnutrition is notorious for its impact on hospital reimbursement. For example, in 2018 the Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an internal audit of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority. The audit revealed an overpayment of $9,569,586 for the billing of malnutrition.
In a year of unprecedented disruption and uncertainty, coding productivity managed to hold steady, according to the results of our 2020 Coding Productivity Survey. Learn how facilities adapted and how yours compares.
Read about regulatory updates in the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule impacting CPT coding for chronic and transitional care management services, and billing for COVID-19-related services.
In a year of unprecedented disruption and uncertainty, coding productivity managed to hold steady, according to the results of HCPro’s 2020 Coding Productivity Survey. Review the survey results, which provide data on facility coding productivity, accuracy benchmarks, and more.
Although the HIM department plays a key role in the revenue cycle, too often it’s placed in a reactive position, limiting the department’s effectiveness. The HIM department can wind up locked in a cycle of cleaning up claims without being empowered to apply process improvements that would reduce errors and facilitate corrections.