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.
Inpatient coding professionals must have a clinical understanding of COVID-19 and the disease process in order to accurately sequence diagnoses, code etiology and manifestations, and assign present on admission (POA) indicators. In this article, Audrey Howard, RHIA , and Susan Belley, RHIA, CPHQ, focus on coding issues related to POA indicators for the hospitalized, inpatient COVID-19 population.
In a year of unprecedented disruption and uncertainty, coding productivity managed to hold steady, according to the results of HCPro’s 2020 Coding Productivity Survey. Review the survey results, which provide data on facility coding productivity, accuracy benchmarks, and more.
Both sepsis and malnutrition remain top denied diagnoses, and there is little sign of those denial rates slowing. This article is part two of a two-part series that zeros in on clinical validation and denial prevention for these two diagnoses.
Recently, we have seen a rise in the documented diagnosis of malnutrition at our inpatient facilities. Malnutrition is highly reviewed among auditors and just as commonly denied among payers. I want to share the most recent coding updates and best practice guidelines with you.
In the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule, CMS announced new HCPCS add-on code G2211 for visit complexity inherent to E/M services. Julia Kyles, CPC, describes when and how to report G2211 with E/M codes 99202-99215.
Both sepsis and malnutrition remain top denied diagnoses, and there is little sign of those denial rates slowing. Part one of this two-part series will take a closer look at malnutrition and sepsis criteria challenges, while part two will zero in on clinical validation and denial prevention for these two diagnoses.
Review clinical indicators for various types of encephalopathies including toxic or metabolic encephalopathy, hypertensive encephalopathy, and hepatic encephalopathy. Frequently reviewing clinical indicators for these complicated diagnoses will ensure both proper coding and reimbursement.
Sydni Johnson, RN, BSN, CCDS , and Denice Piwowar, BSN, RN, CCDS , detail some basics of clinical validation and how to request supporting indicators of a documented diagnosis without questioning the provider’s judgment.
One concern CDI professionals and inpatient coders say they struggle with is physician engagement and education. Without an engaged physician staff, CDI and coding efforts will languish with unanswered queries and subpar documentation practices.
I received a note from Diane Matysik, a CDI supervisor for Ascension Health in Duluth, Minnesota, who asked a question near and dear to my emergency department (ED) heart: If a patient suffers an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and is resuscitated before arrival in the ED, should the scenario be described with an ICD-10-CM Z code?