In this article, we will take a closer look at clinical indicators for acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, and arrythmias. Frequently reviewing clinical indicators for complicated diagnoses such as these will ensure both proper ICD-10-CM reporting and reimbursement.
Howard Rodenberg, MD, MPH, CCDS, writes that it only takes one or two inappropriate queries to a provider for the process to seem burdensome to them. To avoid this scenario, Rodenberg proposes three questions to consider once you’ve decided a query is in order.
You may wonder why an article about the coding of Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs) in the outpatient wound care setting is appearing in an inpatient periodical. When I first approached this topic, I focused on the outpatient wound care setting. But the more I thought about it, I realized this topic is pertinent for inpatient coders.
It’s not unusual for CDI and inpatient coding teams to cite physician education and engagement as one of their top struggles in the field. In this article, read how the CDI team at Avera Health System turned to their query data to craft a focused education program and meet their physicians on the same page.
Alba Kuqi, MD, CICA, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CSMC, MSHIM, RHIA, writes that CDI professionals and inpatient coders need to pay attention to the definitions and clinical indicators of acute kidney injury (AKI) to ensure proper ICD-10-CM reporting and reimbursement.
Laurie L. Prescott, RN, MSN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, reviews how critical thinking is important within the CDI and coding realm in order to enhance review accuracy and query rates and to help loosen reliance on technological tools such as encoders.
Dawn Valdez, RN, LNC, CDIP, CCDS, says that the clinical indicators used to validate sepsis can also have other possible etiologies that could be equally responsible for the clinical indicators that are present—these are known as competing diagnoses.
Howard Rodenberg, MD, MPH, CCDS, and Lynn Shay, CPHQ , say that making sense of varying COVID-19 case-mix index metrics is an important endeavor that will sometimes require a bit of DIY. In this article, they explain how they were able to unscramble their departments’ COVID-19 case-mix index data.
With most patient charts now housed in EHRs, technology has become a standard part of the healthcare industry. Growing technological adoption, however, means physicians spend an increasing amount of time on computers and using technology.
The kidneys filter waste and excess fluid from the blood. As kidneys fail, these wastes build up. The symptoms of chronic kidney disease (CKD) generally develop slowly and aren't specific to the disease. Often, there are no noticeable symptoms, and the condition is noted incidentally from a diagnostic testing, or the symptoms first appear once the disease course has reached significant impairment.
Trey La Charité, MD, FACP, SFHM, CCS, CCDS, writes that organizations that aren’t reviewing all in-hospital mortality cases are missing some tremendous opportunities to improve reimbursement and documentation.
Pediatric record reviews require a different skill set than those in the traditional adult acute care space. Often, those reviewing these specialized charts are islands within their overall CDI or coding department, acting as the sole pediatric chart reviewer. This article sheds light on how some have perfected these reviews within their department.
Joe Rivet, Esq, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, CICA, CPMA, CAC, CACO , summarizes findings from recent Office of Inspector General audits that highlight improper billing of high-level inpatient stays. He also outlines steps hospitals can take to prevent billing errors due to upcoding.
Howard Rodenberg, MD, MPH, CCDS , describes how internal reviews can be used to identify repeated coding errors and prevent payment penalties due to Patient Safety Indicators (PSI) and hospital-acquired conditions (HAC).
A recent Office of Inspector General audit estimates that Medicare improperly paid inpatient hospitals $267 million over a two-year period for transfer services incorrectly billed as discharges. Judith Kares, JD , analyzes documentation and billing rules for acute and post-acute transfers.
The evolution of the role of clinical documentation integrity (CDI) specialists and their impact on coders has changed the landscape of inpatient coding departments. Learn about how to effectively collaborate with CDI professionals when conducting physician queries.
It’s always been easy to show financial return on investment for inpatient CDI endeavors, but the monetary value of outpatient programs is increasing dramatically year after year, making outpatient CDI reviews more attractive to many healthcare organizations.
Patients with chronic comorbid conditions are at heightened risk for readmission, lengthy hospital stays, and mortality. For these reasons and more, it’s important for CDI and even inpatient coding teams to understand risk adjustment.