More and more, hospitals are experiencing a shift of services from inpatient to outpatient settings. In this article, Laura Jacquin, RN, MBA , describes common challenges healthcare workers face when providing comprehensive documentation for services across the care continuum.
Documentation is crucial for the development of data reflecting the healthcare needs of domestic violence victims. Yvette DeVay, MHA, CPMA, CPC, CIC, CPC-I , explains how to properly screen for and code incidents of domestic violence.
The new ICD-10-CM codes for FY 2018, effective October 1, represent significant changes in some hospital documentation and coding practices. James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS , reviews some of the most significant revisions to the ICD-10-CM guidelines for 2018.
A Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) study showed insufficient documentation causes most improper payments for arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs, according to the October 2017 Medicare Quarterly Compliance Newsletter .
Compliance is more than just abiding by coding guidelines and payer policy. Coding professionals must become familiar with ethical standards and federal regulations to avoid facing denials or federal penalties. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Mortality reviews pose a special challenge—not only does the CDI specialist need to know the ins and outs of severity of illness and risk of mortality, but the cases themselves are typically more complicated than an average hospital stay, making these essential reviews even more complex.
Appeal writing, like most things in a hospital, is a learned skill. Keeping things simple, both in terms of the arguments constructed and the language used in the letters themselves, will prevent you from creating horrific monstrosities out of minor gremlins.
The rise of clinical documentation improvement programs was a game changer for inpatient documentation. Now, the Quality Payment Program and similar systems are creating an opportunity for CDI to expand into the outpatient arena.
Changes to the ICD-10-CM guidelines go into effect October 1, and coders will need to master knowledge of alterations to the general coding guidelines as well as new additions to guidelines on reporting diabetes, substance abuse, and myocardial infarctions. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Outpatient coding’s impact on reimbursement is evolving as healthcare continues its march toward value-based care. Kim Miller, CPC, CHC , and Kerri Wing, RN, MS , detail how coders play a central role in this shift.
Crystal Stalter, CDIP, CCS-P, CPC, writes that with the release of the 2018 IPPS final rule, hospitals around the country are poring over it to see what impact the changes might bring to their case-mix index, quality initiatives, and overall reimbursement. In the midst of this are coders and CDI specialists who need to be kept abreast of these changes.
Daniel E. Catalano, MD, FACOG, says that from the CDI perspective, the ability to communicate pediatric severity of illness is complicated by the fact that pediatricians have a lexicon that is not well captured in ICD-10-CM. This, he writes, is especially true for pediatric cardiology.
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, writes that while you might have thought you’ve finally mastered coding compliance with DRGs and quality measures, now it is time to learn the compliance risks and opportunities with a new risk-adjustment method: Hierarchical Condition Categories.
The Quality Payment Program proposed rule seems to bring relief to providers anticipating escalation of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) requirements, but there are a plethora of reasons for coding professionals to start adapting their workflow for MACRA now. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
In ICD-10-CM, defining, diagnosing, and documenting the various forms of altered mental status and their underlying causes remains an ongoing challenge for physicians and their facilities, according to James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP .
When someone decides to enter the world of medical coding, they usually start off coding for obstetric and newborn charts. After coding for a month or two, the newbie coder is transitioned to low-dollar queues; usually encompassing charts $10,000 and less. Gradually, he or she works toward the medium-dollar and moderate-procedure queues between $20,000-$39,000.