Q: Our coding department has been reviewing the AHIMA Standards of Ethical Coding but were interested in learning more about standard seven. I didn’t realize that continuing education credits help with ethical coding.
Q: If you have an acute exacerbation of chronic right heart failure (CHF) with a preserved ejection fraction (EF) above 55%, can you code it as heart failure (HF) with preserved EF? All the clinical symptoms exemplify right-sided heart failure (e.g., ascites, pronounced neck vein distension, swelling of ankles and feet).
Q: Our vascular physician prescribes exercise to some of his patients who have peripheral artery disease and wants to provide the exercise program in the office because he wants to have these patients monitored closely for their response. Is there a way to get reimbursed for this?
Q: When it comes to conditions not related to hypertension, is it sufficient to attribute the diagnosis to another etiology or does the provider need to specifically document that the congestive heart failure (CHF) is not due to hypertension?
Q: Can you explain where in the clinical documentation it would be acceptable to report from for hierarchical condition category purposes? Would you code from history of present illness, past medical history, active problem list, or the assessment?
Q: If a patient is admitted for anemia related to a malignancy and is treated only for anemia, the principal diagnosis goes to the malignancy. Could you still code for the malignancy as the principal diagnosis if the patient was treated for other conditions at the same time?