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.
One strategy for handling the confluence of confusion surrounding frequent criteria changes comes in developing a set of organizationwide clinical criteria for targeted, high-risk/high-volume diagnoses. This article discusses others’ experiences in developing standardized clinical indicators and guidelines at their facilities.
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS , reviews updated policies in the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule that will affect ICD-10-CM risk-adjustment reporting and documentation for facilities.
JustCoding’s sister publication, HIM Briefings, conducted a benchmarking survey to shed light on edit and denial management processes across the industry. Review findings from the survey to see how your organization compares to those across the industry.
Rachelle Musselman, BSN, RN; Jorde Spitler, BSN, RN; Daniel Lantis, BSN, RN; Joseph E. Ross, MD; and Thomas A. Taghon, DO, MHA, review their experience with implementing pediatric heart failure criteria at Dayton Children’s Hospital.
Julian Everett, RN, BSN, CDIP, writes that early recognition of sepsis in pediatric patients, along with accurate reporting, is vital to the future of healthcare. With the goal of improving patient outcomes through documentation, Everett outlines her experience in providing documentation education to physicians.
While many familiar ideas are often discussed—newsletters, tip sheets, organizational clinical definitions, and the like—not every physician responds the same way to the same educational techniques. Here’s what the CDI community had to say regarding this issue.
While “myocardial ischemia” is a familiar term to CDI professionals and inpatient coders, the term “myocardial injury” does not share the same widespread recognition. In this article, Adriane Martin, DO, FACOS, CCDS , deciphers the clinical criteria and reporting guidelines for capturing myocardial injuries and demand ischemia.
One thousand eighty cases of respiratory illnesses and 18 deaths brought on by vaping have been reported in the U.S. as of October 1, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Review provider documentation and ICD-10-CM reporting for vaping-induced illnesses. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
I can teach CDI to anyone. Just get the providers in a room with me; they don’t even have to be willing participants. While I have heard many times that physicians only listen to other physicians, I believe my success has less to do with the initials at the end of my name and more with the fact that the CDI cause is just, and I’m passionate when I teach.
The fiscal year 2020 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting provide instructions for healthcare professionals on how to appropriately report complex diagnoses. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , writes about significant guideline updates that will impact facilities starting October 1.
Internal audits can reveal inconsistencies in provider documentation and coding, reporting errors, and fraudulent billing practices. Review internal auditing basics and advice from regulatory experts on how to effectively educate providers on audit findings. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Sarah Nehring, CCS, CCDS, says that the last thing a query writer wants is to provoke a defensive response, but in the current healthcare environment, CDI specialists, clinical, and inpatient coding staff need to think defensively. In this article, Nehring outlines five items to remember when it comes to defendable queries, documentation, and coding.
Cathy Farraher, RN, BSN, MBA, CCM, CCDS, writes that CDI professionals can work to reduce the incidence of physician query fatigue and gives recommendations to help improve provider response rate while reducing query frustration.
Tamara Hicks, RN, BSN, MHA, CCS, CCS, ACM-RN, CCDS-O , explains how her organization implemented a CDI career ladder and why it’s an important step for hospitals looking to expand their coding and CDI departments.
When you work in the CDI program of a medical facility, you are continually thinking of ways to elicit improved documentation from the medical staff. You also spend a fair amount of time lamenting why some physicians or service lines seem to ignore all educational efforts regarding the importance of explicit and accurate documentation. “If it is important to us,” you might say, “why is it not to them?”