A few years ago, there was a change of attitude within seizure medicine that manifested itself as new terminology. The older term “pseudoseizure” was replaced by the phrase “psychogenic non-epileptogenic seizure.”
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, approximately 30% of patients with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have acute kidney injury (AKI). Because of this, Alba Kuqi, MD, CICA, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CSMC, details COVID-19-related AKI to ensure accurate documentation and appropriate queries.
Alba Kuqi, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CICA, CSCM, explains the definition of acute ischemic syndrome and the clinical indicators that make a difference when reviewing a medical record. In part two of this two-part series, Kuqi takes a look at myocardial infarctions (MI), treatments for MIs, and clinical documentation concepts.
Alba Kuqi, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CICA, CSCM, explains the definition of acute ischemic syndrome and the clinical indicators that make a difference when reviewing a medical record. In part one of this two-part series, Kuqi takes a look at the myocardial anatomy, stable/unstable angina, and Prinzmetal's angina.
Julian Everett, RN, BSN, CDIP, reviews ICD-10-CM reporting and clinical criteria for pneumonia and its causative agents and associated comorbidities. Everett also details documentation recommendations for providers to ensure inpatient coders can report this disease with the utmost accuracy.
Departmental silos are prevalent in the healthcare world and can lead to unvoiced frustrations and counterproductive work. Different organizations have different approaches to breaking down these walls, often through regular interdepartmental meetings or newsletters.
Physicians can be a bit prickly at times. While this statement intentionally downplays the behavior of (hopefully) only a few doctors, I believe that most physicians are amenable to CDI concepts. While attempting to effect change in physician documentation patterns, I’ve learned many lessons from my medical staff and from other creative CDI colleagues.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which had not previously been identified in humans, is the strain that was discovered in 2019. It causes novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and is responsible for the current global pandemic.
Joel Moorhead, MD, PhD, CPC , writes that certain clinical indicators provide strong support for a diagnosis of acute-on-chronic congestive heart failure (CHF) in adults. Because of this, it’s important for inpatient coders to familiarize themselves with baselines and clinical indicators in order to ensure accurate reporting.
To deal with the rising rate of infection and increased hospital admissions for extraordinarily sick patients due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), CDI teams have had to act quickly by adapting to remote work, modifying CDI practices, and more.
Cheryl Manchenton, RN, BSN, CCDS, CPHM, writes that when it comes it reporting novel coronavirus (COVID-19), our understanding of it and its sequelae/manifestations is continually evolving. There is one “manifestation” of COVID-19 that is of interest for experimental treatment: cytokines.
It’s been nearly three years since HCPro’s last survey dedicated to query practices . Since querying is a constant and continuous aspect of CDI work, a 16-question survey focused on physician queries was recently conducted. Because of the survey’s limited length, it concentrated primarily on productivity and compliance concerns.
Alba Kuqi, MD, CICA, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CSMC , gives guidance to CDI teams working on clinical validation, denials prevention, and appeals processes to help ensure proper reimbursement for their hospitals.
Sarah A. Nehring, CCS, CCDS, writes that an inpatient coder’s first concern regarding the reporting of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is to code all confirmed cases and only confirmed cases. In this article, Nehring details guidelines on how to accomplish this.
Laurie L. Prescott, RN, MSN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDIP, CRC , reviews Coding Clinic , First Quarter 2020, guidance, which includes topics such as reporting vaping-related disorders, malnutrition, and bariatric procedures.
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).