Kay Piper, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, says exciting changes to ICD-10-CM are published in an often-overlooked document called the Addenda. It lists additions, revisions, and deletions to the Alphabetical Index and Tabular List. This might seem mundane until you realize the changes’ potential effect on coding and CDI.
William E. Haik, MD, FCCP, CDIP , details guideline changes regarding the diagnosis and treatment of adults with community-acquired pneumonia and provides criteria to clinically validate a diagnosis of Gram-negative and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) pneumonia.
While the premise for quality programs is largely the same across the board, there are many programs and measures that fall under the “quality” banner. From readmissions to present on admission (POA) and patient safety indicators (PSI), CDI programs have a myriad of potential options in terms of record review focus.
Julian Everett, RN, BSN, CDIP , says that 2020 should be the year when more CDI programs and inpatient coding teams ponder the idea of expanding into reviewing obstetrics. In this article, Everett details key areas to consider when starting these reviews, including hiring staff that have experience in obstetrics, conducting case sample assessments, and providing education on coding guidelines.
As with any new clinical documentation integrity (CDI) initiative, there are many possible starting points for outpatient CDI. Review advice from healthcare professionals at Trinity Health on how to successfully implement an outpatient CDI program.
The fiscal year 2020 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) proposed rule threw gas on the population health fire when it proposed giving social determinants of health (SDOH) codes more weight as complications/comorbid conditions (CC).
With the increased focus on clinical validation denials, more and more CDI professionals are finding themselves involved in the appeals-writing process and may initially feel a bit overwhelmed by the magnitude of the job. This article is part two of the two-part series covering best practices and appeal advice for those on the frontlines.
With the increased focus on clinical validation denials, more and more CDI professionals are finding themselves involved in the appeals-writing process and may initially feel a bit overwhelmed by the magnitude of the job. This article will provide you with best practices and appeal advice for those on the frontlines.
Sarah Nehring, CCS, CCDS , writes that CDI and coding professionals must understand the guidelines for coding myocardial infarctions (MI) as well as the clinical difference between type 1 MIs and type 2 MIs so they can be clinically validated, queried, and reported effectively to avoid negative reimbursement ramifications. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
One of the most vexing challenges that CDI specialists have is how to engage physicians to completely and precisely document their patients’ conditions and treatments in the language required by ICD-10-CM, which is essential to risk adjustment.
One strategy for handling the confluence of confusion surrounding frequent criteria changes comes in developing a set of organizationwide clinical criteria for targeted, high-risk/high-volume diagnoses. This article discusses others’ experiences in developing standardized clinical indicators and guidelines at their facilities.
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.
Rachelle Musselman, BSN, RN; Jorde Spitler, BSN, RN; Daniel Lantis, BSN, RN; Joseph E. Ross, MD; and Thomas A. Taghon, DO, MHA, review their experience with implementing pediatric heart failure criteria at Dayton Children’s Hospital.
Julian Everett, RN, BSN, CDIP, writes that early recognition of sepsis in pediatric patients, along with accurate reporting, is vital to the future of healthcare. With the goal of improving patient outcomes through documentation, Everett outlines her experience in providing documentation education to physicians.
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.
While “myocardial ischemia” is a familiar term to CDI professionals and inpatient coders, the term “myocardial injury” does not share the same widespread recognition. In this article, Adriane Martin, DO, FACOS, CCDS , deciphers the clinical criteria and reporting guidelines for capturing myocardial injuries and demand ischemia.
One thousand eighty cases of respiratory illnesses and 18 deaths brought on by vaping have been reported in the U.S. as of October 1, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Review provider documentation and ICD-10-CM reporting for vaping-induced illnesses. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.