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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
Beginning and sustaining a remote CDI program can be a challenge for even seasoned professionals. Traditionally, CDI specialists put in varying amounts of face-to-face time with the physicians. Ideally, that in-person interaction makes the physicians more open to CDI efforts. However, many remote CDI programs and individual specialists have found creative ways around this face-to-face time.
Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, reviews 2017 First and Second Quarter Coding Clinic advice, which includes sequencing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with other respiratory diagnoses and body mass index reporting instructions.
The Ochsner Health System in Louisiana revolutionized the way its clinical documentation excellence (CDE) team captures annual hierarchical condition categories for all patients across its vast system. Now, Ochsner can serve as a case study to educate others on how to create an outpatient focus on CDI in an increasingly risk-adjusted world.
Coding plays a large role in claims and therefore is a key factor in reimbursement compliance. As such, coders have a responsibility to be as accurate and up-to-date on coding practices as possible. Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA, CHPS , explores some of the organizations and regulatory bodies available to assist coders.