Due to the frequency of diagnoses and treatments for breast cancer, it’s more important than ever for inpatient coders to make sure they are reporting these diagnoses and procedures with the utmost accuracy.
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS , reviews updated policies in the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule that will affect ICD-10-CM risk-adjustment reporting and documentation for facilities.
JustCoding’s sister publication, HIM Briefings, conducted a benchmarking survey to shed light on edit and denial management processes across the industry. Review findings from the survey to see how your organization compares to those across the industry.
Let’s take a deep dive into the recently released coding guidance and documentation tips for these illnesses. Note that since vaping-related guidance and statistics are ever changing, this information is up to date as of October 2019.
According to ACDIS’ recent CDI Week Industry Survey , which included an extended section on CDI staffing practices, only 37% of respondents said they had HIM/coding backgrounds represented in their CDI departments.
Very few diagnoses have caused as much gnashing of teeth as sepsis has for inpatient coders and providers alike. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has weighed in on the matter and is proposing coding changes , which, if adopted, will go into effect October 2020.
Vaping and vaping-related lung injuries have been in the news recently. The occurrence of serious and even fatal lung injuries associated with vaping have been reported this year with an increasing number of cases being reported over the last few months.
In today’s virtual environment, with its focus on flexible schedules, organizing the coding function requires consideration of time zones, team member skills, volume of work, and claim-processing schedules.
While many familiar ideas are often discussed—newsletters, tip sheets, organizational clinical definitions, and the like—not every physician responds the same way to the same educational techniques. Here’s what the CDI community had to say regarding this issue.
Let’s take a look at some common questions asked about MS-DRG optimization, and review how inpatient coding and documentation plays a significant role in the MS-DRG review process. Learning the ins and outs of this process will ensure that your facility remains educated and compliant on this topic.
Perhaps the most momentous Quality Payment Program (QPP) news in the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule is the Pathways version of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)—but that’s not happening until 2021.
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.
I can teach CDI to anyone. Just get the providers in a room with me; they don’t even have to be willing participants. While I have heard many times that physicians only listen to other physicians, I believe my success has less to do with the initials at the end of my name and more with the fact that the CDI cause is just, and I’m passionate when I teach.