The ideal approach to ICD-10-CM/PCS preparation is capitalizing on the synergistic partnership between clinical documentation improvement and coding professionals. Glenn Krauss, BBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, C-CDI, CCDS, discusses how organizations can use this dynamic to improve preparations for ICD-10.
Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) initiatives often focus on inpatient documentation to ensure that documentation accurately reflects patient severity. Laura Legg, RHIT, CCS, explains how CDI efforts can also benefit outpatient coding.
Most hospitals have been overwhelmed by Recovery Auditor (RA) requests for documentation. So it's no surprise that the RAs themselves seem to be equally as burdened with the task of processing those records.
CMS and auditors are increasing scrutiny of CCs and MCCs. William E. Haik, MD, FCCP, CDIP, provides tips that coders can use to look for clinical evidence in the record before querying for these targeted conditions.
The increasing complexity of the healthcare reimbursement system, quality initiatives, and the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS put clinical documentation improvement programs in the spotlight . Melanie Endicott, MBA/HCM, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA, discusses the importance of documentation improvement specialists.
In February, AHIMA published an update to its 2010 query practice brief. The updated brief, Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant Query Practice, is the result of a joint effort between AHIMA and the Association for Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS). ?
William E. Haik, MD, FCCP, CDIP, a practicing pulmonologist and director of DRG Review, Inc., in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., says he first became interested in coded data in 1986 after a local newspaper published his hospital’s costs, length of stay, and mortality rates for simple pneumonia. At the time, he was the only pulmonologist in the local area. The patients he treated were often those with multiple comorbidities as well as gram-negative bacterial pneumonia who had been transferred from two smaller facilities in the county.
Breast biopsies should be easy to code because coders have so few codes to assign, but it is one area where documentation is lacking. Stacie L. Buck, RHIA, CCS-P, RCC, CIC, reveals what key elements coders should look for in a breast biopsy note.
The advent of electronic media is slowly but surely changing the way we access information. Hospitals and physicians are transitioning from paper and hybrid medical records to EHRs. Estimates indicate that nearly half of all Internet users send or receive email daily, according to EzineArticles.com .
Researcher Bill Rudman, PhD, RHIA, says he didn't fully understand the implications of codes that coders assign until he was sitting around a table with several criminal justice officials who said that coded data helps reduce violent crimes and recidivism.
Everyone knows that CCs and MCCs are under scrutiny these days. However, that doesn't mean hospitals should err on the side of caution when reporting these conditions. William E. Haik, MD, FCCP, CDIP, director of DRG Review, Inc., in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., provides several tips that coders can employ to look for clinical evidence in the record before querying for these targeted conditions.
Physician documentation must reflect severity of illness and risk of mortality for all patients. Robert S. Gold, MD, and Valerie Bica, BSN, RN, CPN, explain why pediatric patients require special attention in terms of clinical documentation improvement specialists.
We’re all thinking about documentation specificity needs in ICD-10-CM/PCS as we prepare of the October 1, 2014 compliance deadline. Increased communication between physicians and coders is paramount...
The ICD-9-CM guidelines state that it's unusual for two or more diagnoses to meet the definition of principal diagnosis. However, coders know this isn't exactly true, as the scenario tends to occur frequently.
Leading queries are frequently a topic of discussion among coding and clinical documentation improvement professionals. Glenn Krauss, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, PCS, FCS, C-CDIS, explains how to determine what constitutes a leading query and how to craft compliant queries.