Clinical validation reviews and queries ensure that the documented diagnoses and clinical indicators hold up to inspection. This article gives an overview on processes and templates, top queried diagnoses, and physician engagement to help CDI teams perfect their clinical validation efforts.
All queries, regardless of their origin, are bound to follow the “ Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant Query Practice .” In order to ensure queries stand up to outside scrutiny and are effective, many CDI and inpatient coding leaders have put query audit practices in place for their departments as they bring on new team members.
Pulmonary hypertension is a complex, progressive disease that affects both children and adults, and leads to significant morbidity and mortality. In this article, Amy Sanderson, MD , reviews this disease to help ensure proper inpatient reporting and more precise queries.
Sarah Nehring, CCS, CCDS, says that strokes are complicated, which is why it is important for inpatient coders to be familiar with the brain’s anatomy and the clinical concepts of a stroke in order to report the most accurate ICD-10-CM codes.
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O , takes a closer look at the main topics addressed in a recently published Coding Clinic Advisor FAQ, including ICD-10-CM coding for antibody testing, virus signs and symptoms, and comorbidities related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Globally, millions of people have been infected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) . There have been hundreds of thousands of confirmed COVID-19 cases, and many thousands of deaths, just in the United States
Trey La Charité, MD, FACP, SFHM, CCS, CCDS , writes that one area of risk unique to CDI and coding staff is the physician query. While the creation of the individual physician query usually garners most of the attention, maintenance of query compliance is equally important and frequently overlooked.
Modifier -22 frequently causes compliance headaches for revenue cycle professionals. Lori-Lynne Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, CDIP, COBGC , reviews CPT reporting requirements for this commonly misused modifier to ensure that your physicians are being appropriately reimbursed for increased procedural work.
Why delve into psychiatric record review? For some programs, the expansion into psychiatric units or facilities may be driven by the needs of the patient population, says Rhonda Mark, RN, BS, CCDS , a CDI specialist at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital in Vero Beach, Florida.
Amy Sanderson, MD , writes that cerebral edema and brain compression are the result of significant brain abnormalities that can be life-threatening, and it’s important for clinicians to recognize and treat these conditions promptly. Properly documenting these diagnoses in the medical record is important to accurately reflect just how sick these patients are.
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.