Many HIM directors and coding managers are aware of the decrease in productivity that is anticipated with the implementation of ICD-10. The concern is a valid one, according to Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA, who explains what’s ahead and how HIM professionals should prepare.
The guiding principle is the definitive methodology used for all risk adjustment medical record reviews. Successful Medicare Advantage (MA) plans focus on early disease detection, coordination of care, and accurate reporting of members’ chronic conditions by primary care physicians, retrospective and prospective pursuits to drive and improve health outcomes. Holly J. Cassano, CPC, guides coders through the principles of risk adjustment for MA plans.
Do not view the proposed rule extending the ICD-10 implementation date from October 1, 2013, to October 1, 2014, as a year-long break from ICD-10 preparations. Rather, focus on using the additional time allotted to your advantage. This includes conducting documentation and coding assessments to gauge ICD-10 readiness. Gloryanne Bryant, BS, RHIA, RHIT, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, explains why—and how—facilities should start assessing the readiness of their coding staff and documentation procedures in relation to ICD-10 requirements and create strategies to manage any deficiencies.
While we know the implementation date of ICD-10 may change to the proposed 2014 deadline, healthcare organizations must keep moving forward with preparations. Annie Boynton, BS, RHIT, CPC, CCS, CPC-H, CCS-P, CPC-P, CPC-I, CPhT, explains how organizations can use the additional time to better handle the change process associated with ICD-10, especially planning for education and training.
Each year the number of quality measures being used for public reporting across provider settings increases. Kathy Giannangelo, MA, RHIA, CCS, CPHIMS, FAHIMA, and Linda Hyde, RHIA, explain why organizations that have not started to evaluate the impact ICD-10 will have on their quality measure data should start now.
A physician or clinical provider of care may have a completely different understanding, interpretation, and definition of medical necessity than the patient or a third-party insurance. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, COBGC, CHDA, explains the differences in the definition and application of the term medical necessity.
During the last year, the buzz from the health information management (HIM) and coding community has consistently reflected that, as a whole, the industry continues to feel the strain of tight budgets and squeeze of limited resources, especially with the approach of ICD-10 implementation. Coders reacted to the effects this has had on their compensation levels in the 2011 JustCoding Coder Salary Survey, the results of which are also discussed.
If you're going to spend time and resources to conduct a coding audit, you certainly want to ensure effective and informative results. Joe Rivet, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CICA, CHRC, CHPC, CHC, and Julie Daube, BS, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, discuss how factors such as timing, senior-level buy in, risk areas, a defined scope, and a commitment to follow-through can help make the coding audit a valuable tool in your organization.
As you run down your mental to-do list for the rest of the afternoon, you realize you're double-booked for multiple meetings, and you're having trouble prioritizing because your phone keeps buzzing with new e-mail notifications. If you're a health information management (HIM) director, this scenario likely repeats day in and day out. Luckily Monica Pappas, RHIA, Patti Reisinger, RHIT, CCS, and Tesa Topley, RHIA, provide tips and strategies for HIM directors to help manage all that they juggle, and prevent stress from getting out of control.
Coding isn't just about reading documentation and selecting codes based on certain words. It's about processing information and assessing whether the codes reported accurately depict the clinical picture and medical necessity for an admission.
Just because a physician considers a service or procedure medically necessary doesn't mean insurance carriers will pay for it. When a service or procedure is not covered, facilities must provide patients with an Advanced Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN). Judith Kares, JD, CPC, and Jacqueline Woeppel, MBA, RHIA, CCS, explain limits on liability and what modifiers to use with ABNs.
Cross-training coders has definitive short-term advantages, such as enhancing staff coverage during holidays and vacations and increasing the department's ability to handle periods of fluctuation in certain bill types, but these aren't the only benefits.