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?”
Before starting an ambulatory or outpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program, those tasked with the project must first create some universal definitions, so everyone is on the same page and speaking the same language.
Keeping up with commercial payer requirements can stump any revenue integrity department, and commercial payer audits can be an especially tough puzzle to solve. Review advice from experts on improving internal processes for dealing with commercial audits.
Adriane Martin, DO, FACOS, CCDS , writes about how to accurately capture and report social determinants of health to improve patient outcomes and decrease costs. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Acute kidney injury (AKI) and acute tubular necrosis (ATN) remain targets for both coding and clinical validation. Over the years, we’ve gleaned valuable insights from appealing hundreds of coding and clinical validation denials for AKI and ATN.
In 2013, “Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant Query Practice,” a collaboration between AHIMA and ACDIS, was published. It has served as the industry guideline for the establishment of best practices surrounding queries. The 2019 update reinforces the information set forth in the preceding practice briefs while also introducing some newer guidelines reflective of today’s healthcare environment.
Patients who use oxygen at home for a primary respiratory condition typically present with some degree of respiratory failure. Howard Rodenberg, MD, MPH, CCDS , describes common documentation issues related to oxygen requirements for the diagnosis of acute respiratory failure.
Learn how ICD-10-CM coding accuracy, specificity, and compliance impacts provider performance in each of the four performance categories under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
At the beginnings of inpatient coding and CDI, we had books like DRG Expert and Excel-based programs for MS-DRG selections. More than 10 years later, vendors are offering web-based technologies that use artificial intelligence and machine learning to make us even more productive in both coding and CDI. The real question, however, is how we can best leverage those technologies.
Sarah Nehring, CCS, CCDS, says that from the inpatient coding and CDI perspective, sepsis can be one of the trickiest diagnoses. In this article, she reviews 10 things coders wish physicians knew about sepsis documentation and coding.
A query is a communication tool or process used to clarify documentation in the health record for documentation integrity and accurate code assignment for an individual encounter in any healthcare setting.
Although computer-assisted coding and natural language processing software has improved many aspects of daily CDI work, the technology requires ongoing oversight to ensure efficacy and accuracy. Therefore, CDI professionals, and even inpatient coders, need to be aware of the software’s potential pitfalls within the CDI department and develop tactics to overcome them.
The first quarter of 2019 has ended. Do you know what that means? Unfortunately, it means that income taxes were due in April. But luckily for inpatient coders and CDI professionals, it also means that we have new Coding Clinic guidance to take our minds off our taxes.
The beginning of the year is a time to go back to basics—or even, in some cases, to start over. Revisiting information on how to conduct a medical record review may, at first glance, feel like a basic or beginner topic. But medical record review is an important subject for all CDI professionals, and even coders, to consider.
Kay Piper, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, details the process of submitting ICD-10-CM codes to the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting by sharing the experience a medical coding educator and a CDI physician adviser had when submitting a proposal for the March 2018 meeting.