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.
It’s common to see CDI job listings that require applicants to be registered nurses. Often an RN credential is not listed as being “preferred,” but required. There are risks, however, with only seeking candidates from this one background.
In part one of this two-part series, Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCS, CRC, CCDS, gives tips to CDI and coding teams on how to help improve healthcare quality scores by reviewing CMS star rating calculations, department challenges, physician education, and more.
It’s important for inpatient coders to frequently review hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) and present on admission (POA) indicators and the rules governing their assignment in order to ensure proper reimbursement. Part one of a two-part series will review POA indicators in particular.
Alba Kuqi, MD, CICA, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CSMC, MSHIM, RHIA, says with recent audit activity and the Office of Inspector General’s continued scrutiny of malnutrition diagnoses, it’s important to dig into the coding and documentation requirements for this tricky diagnosis, particularly in the case of COVID-19 patients.
Facilities that are not leveraging CDI efforts for denials management and tracking denials as a key performance indicator (KPI) should consider doing so. Denials are the framework for identifying gaps in provider documentation and are a surefire approach to tailoring physician education that is meaningful.
In this article, Alba Kuqi, MD, CICA, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CSMC, RHIA, says inpatient coding professionals need to look for signs and symptoms supportive of sepsis in order to report the most accurate codes, which is why staying up to date on the ever-changing clinical criteria for sepsis is so important.
Howard Rodenberg, MD, MPH, CCDS , writes that ensuring the social determinants of health are appropriately documented within the medical record allows CDI and coding teams to capture the hard data needed to demonstrate the interactions among race, gender, ethnicity, and other key socioeconomic indicators with healthcare costs, utilization, and outcomes.