Inpatient coding departments are likely familiar with integrating clinical documentation improvement (CDI) specialists into their processes. Crystal Stalter, CPC, CCS-P, CDIP, looks at how CDI techniques can benefit outpatient settings and what services and codes facilities should target.
Crystal R. Stalter, CPC, CCS-P, CDIP, writes about how fully specified documentation is the key to quality care, compliance, and eventual reimbursement, and how documentation software can help to streamline these processes.
The focus for clinical documentation improvement (CDI) specialists has historically been on the inpatient hospital stay. Review of the chart for conditions that are not fully documented and/or evidence of conditions not documented at all has been standard practice.
The advent of the electronic record changed (EHR) how clinical documentation improvement specialists work with providers and coders. As more healthcare organizations take on the arduous process of implementing an EHR, new challenges and considerations arise.
Shannon Newell, RHIA, CCS, explains that pneumonia discharges impact hospital payments under the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program, as well as the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, and conveys what CDI teams can do to help.
Trey La Charité, MD, FACP, CCDS , notes that getting a handle on a facilities’ case-mix index (CMI) fluctuations can be difficult, and shares insights to how CDI teams can handle these CMI difficulties.
After a year full of numerous coding changes, Laurie L. Prescott, RN, MSN, CCDS, CDIP , takes a closer look at 12 new guidelines that will affect CDI and helps coders better understand these recommendations.
Shannon Newell, RHIA, CCS, discusses a refined version of the Patient Safety Indicator (PSI) 90 composite by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and how it has a significant impact on what discharges are included in PSI 15. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register for the free content if you do not have a paid subscription.
Shannon Newell, RHIA, CCS, writes about how certain hospitals will be required to participate in the Comprehensive Joint Replacement Model and a new orthopedic payment model called SHFFT if an August 2 proposed rule is finalized.
Laurie L. Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP , writes that as many CDI teams work to expand their risk adjustment programs, a melding of two skill sets, that of CDI specialists and coding professionals, are required to succeed.
Richard D. Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS , discusses the new Sepsis-3 definition and how the classification has been the subject of great controversy and consternation since its publication in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
"You are your own best teacher," or so the old adage goes. Sure, goodies and gifts are great for recognizing high-quality documentation, but for CDI teams struggling to obtain physician buy-in, the best strategy may be found in their providers' own records.
Since the physician doesn't need to use a specific root operation term in documentation, coders should not rely solely on the term the physician uses. Coders need to know the definitions and the nuances of the root operations, especially those involving a device.
The fiscal year (FY) 2017 IPPS proposed rule alerted us to some significant changes to Patient Safety Indicator (PSI) 90, one of which is a new name: the Patient Safety and Adverse Events Composite. A fact sheet released by the measure's owner, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), provides insights into what may lie ahead if the proposed rule's content is finalized.
The last few weeks have brought us some direction, though, including the release of approximately 1,900 new ICD-10-CM codes for 2017. (The list can be found on CMS' website.) We also have a list of approximately 3,600 new ICD-10-PCS codes for 2017. (This is also available on CMS' site.) Of course, we will also be looking for changes in DRG mappings and the CC/MCC lists, which will likely appear later this summer.