Clinical validation reviews and queries ensure that the documented diagnoses and clinical indicators hold up to inspection. This article gives an overview on processes and templates, top queried diagnoses, and physician engagement to help CDI teams perfect their clinical validation efforts.
Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, details MS-DRG updates found in the fiscal year (FY) 2021 IPPS proposed rule, including the proposed creation of MS-DRG 521 (Hip Replacement with Principal Diagnosis of Hip Fracture with MCC) and MS-DRG 522 (Hip Replacement with Principal Diagnosis of Hip Fracture without MCC). Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, writes that attention must be paid to coding guidelines and instructional notes for blindness, low vision, and laterality when reporting diseases of the eye and adnexa in Chapter 7 of the ICD-10-CM manual. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Sarah Nehring, CCS, CCDS, says that strokes are complicated, which is why it is important for inpatient coders to be familiar with the brain’s anatomy and the clinical concepts of a stroke in order to report the most accurate ICD-10-CM codes.
Pulmonary hypertension is a complex, progressive disease that affects both children and adults, and leads to significant morbidity and mortality. In this article, Amy Sanderson, MD , reviews this disease to help ensure proper inpatient reporting and more precise queries.
Trey La Charité, MD, FACP, SFHM, CCS, CCDS , writes that one area of risk unique to CDI and coding staff is the physician query. While the creation of the individual physician query usually garners most of the attention, maintenance of query compliance is equally important and frequently overlooked.
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O, reviews the latest guidance and ICD-10-CM reporting for common novel coronavirus (COVID-19) scenarios such as reporting for patients who present for testing with symptoms of COVID-19. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Sarah A. Nehring, CCS, CCDS, details ICD-10-PCS reporting for extracorporeal membranous oxygenation (ECMO) procedures and says basic knowledge of what an ECMO procedure is, how it is established in a patient, and why it is used can have a large impact on proper reporting and hospital reimbursement.
Amy Sanderson, MD , writes that cerebral edema and brain compression are the result of significant brain abnormalities that can be life-threatening, and it’s important for clinicians to recognize and treat these conditions promptly. Properly documenting these diagnoses in the medical record is important to accurately reflect just how sick these patients are.
Why delve into psychiatric record review? For some programs, the expansion into psychiatric units or facilities may be driven by the needs of the patient population, says Rhonda Mark, RN, BS, CCDS , a CDI specialist at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital in Vero Beach, Florida.
Julian Everett, RN, BSN, CDIP , details the updated pediatric sepsis recommendations presented by the Surviving Sepsis Campaign which provides insight for clinical documentation specialists and inpatient coders on current clinical practices for the treatment of pediatric severe sepsis and septic shock.
Sarah Nehring, CCS, CCDS, reviews ICD-10-CM reporting for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as ICD-10-PCS reporting for procedures such as mechanical ventilations, tracheostomies, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenations. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Yvette DeVay, MHA, CPC, CPMA, CIC, writes that because novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new disease, there is still much to learn about how the disease is spread and what severity of illness it causes. For these reasons and more, many inpatient coders are finding this virus hard to report. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, details Chapter 5 of the ICD-10-CM manual which contains codes for mental, behavioral, and neurodevelopmental disorders, and says attention must be paid to coding guidelines and instructional notes when reviewing these codes for inpatient assignment.
Kay Piper, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, says exciting changes to ICD-10-CM are published in an often-overlooked document called the Addenda. It lists additions, revisions, and deletions to the Alphabetical Index and Tabular List. This might seem mundane until you realize the changes’ potential effect on coding and CDI.