Working remotely can be either totally fulfilling or a bit difficult. If you’re a people person, you will miss the camaraderie of working in the hospital setting, the ability to problem solve by bouncing ideas off your coworkers, the gossip, and the potlucks. On the other hand, if you’re organized and self-motivated enough, enjoy peace and quiet, and prefer wearing your pajamas to work, remote might be right up your alley.
Amy Sanderson, MD, says that the term “dysphagia” has many synonyms used by providers in medical documentation. However, not all of these symptoms are able to describe the diagnosis with enough specificity so that it can be translated into its corresponding code assignment.
Emergency departments (ED) at designated trauma centers encounter some of the most complex patients—and with them, a complicated documentation web that’s difficult for even the most experienced CDI specialists and coders to untangle.
In many cases, knowing when to query is simple, but the more challenging cases contain clues that require additional interpretation. Drew Siegel, MD, CCDS, takes a look at a few of the more interesting and often undocumented diagnoses, including respiratory failure and acute kidney injury, and points out the diagnostic clues to form a compliant query.
Just like their inpatient acute care counterparts, inpatient psychiatric facilities use ICD-10-CM codes, but their payment structure, documentation requirements, prevalent clinical conditions, and additional documentation requirements needing capture are vastly different.
When planning to implement a coding auditing program, the type of reviews, focus areas, and review frequency must all be taken into consideration. Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA/CGMA, FACHE, FHFMA, CHPS , details how to conduct an effective coding audit and ensure compliance with documentation requirements.
Allen Frady, RN-BSN, CCDS, CCS, CRC, writes about guidance related to documenting acute respiratory insufficiency and gives tips to coders and CDI teams on what to do when the conditions are over-documented postoperatively.
Coders and clinical documentation improvement specialists play a key role in the success of quality payment programs such as MIPS. This article describes the financial impact that hierarchical condition category coding has on provider reimbursement and the coder’s role in ensuring complete, accurate, and timely documentation. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Telehealth services continue to expand and claims for these services may already be under scrutiny by Medicare contractors. Debbie Mackaman, RHIA, CPCO, CCDS, writes about the differences between originating site and distant site services in addition to coding, billing, and reimbursement for telehealth services.
Laurie L. Prescott, RN, MSN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, writes that even though CDI specialists are not coders, it’s important to learn the rules and guidelines that coders follow. CDI teams need to reference guidance and guidelines in their daily work to ensure documentation is clear, concise, and supportive of accurate code assignment true to the patient’s story.
Paul Evans, RHIA, CCDS, CCS, CCS-P, tackles the various characteristics of creating a query and says that while all portions of any program, such as education and metrics, are important, the proper formulation of a query represents the most important task for a CDI professional.
Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CCDS , writes about discussions at the 2017 AMA CPT Symposium that could impact coders, including issues with the Table of Risk for E/M office visit codes and suggestions for E/M guideline revisions. This article is part two in a series.