Coders need a solid understanding of complex anatomical terminology and ICD-10-CM coding guidelines to select the most specific codes for trauma and injuries. This article breaks down inpatient diagnosis coding for superficial injuries, fractures, and burns. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Julian Everett, RN, BSN, CDIP, writes that early recognition of sepsis in pediatric patients, along with accurate reporting, is vital to the future of healthcare. With the goal of improving patient outcomes through documentation, Everett outlines her experience in providing documentation education to physicians.
CMS recently published an update to the fiscal year (FY) 2020 IPPS final rule. This update corrects certain technical and typographical errors and contains corrections to the final payment factors. In this article, Judith Kares, JD , gives a summary of these key updates and related guidance.
While “myocardial ischemia” is a familiar term to CDI professionals and inpatient coders, the term “myocardial injury” does not share the same widespread recognition. In this article, Adriane Martin, DO, FACOS, CCDS , deciphers the clinical criteria and reporting guidelines for capturing myocardial injuries and demand ischemia.
In part two of this two-part series, Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS , reviews the recent guidance from Coding Clinic , Second Quarter 2019, including systemic inflammatory response syndrome, partial hip replacements, and more.
Joe Rivet, JD, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, CICA, CPMA, CAC, CACO, reviews the basics of reporting with ICD-10-PCS including how to use the ICD-10-PCS manual, decipher root operation guidelines, and identify the principal procedure in physician documentation. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
One thousand eighty cases of respiratory illnesses and 18 deaths brought on by vaping have been reported in the U.S. as of October 1, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Review provider documentation and ICD-10-CM reporting for vaping-induced illnesses. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Joe Rivet, JD, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, CICA, CPMA, CAC, CACO, reviews how to report the stage and type of various skin ulcers, the fiscal year (FY) 2020 guideline updates for pressure ulcers, and common terminology traps inpatient coders can get tripped up by.
With much of the coding workforce working remotely, the inpatient coding manager must implement some control mechanisms to ensure the distractions at home are not interfering with the quality and quantity of work expected from the staff. In this article Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA, CHPS, gives suggestions on the various ways to monitor your remote coding staff, including tips for conducting coding reviews. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, writes that one of the most interesting aspects of the ICD-10-CM code update for fiscal year (FY) 2020 was CMS’ proposal to change the severity assignment for many of these codes. In this article, Blue compares the severity changes that were suggested in the FY 2020 IPPS proposed rule with the designations that were actually finalized.
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O, HCS-D, reviews the 2020 ICD-10-CM code changes for atrial fibrillation, as well as the clinical background and ICD-10-PCS reporting for related procedures. 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 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.
ICD-10-CM/PCS coding for heart conditions such as aortic valve stenosis, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation requires an in-depth understanding of anatomical terminology and clinical indications. This article will review these three diagnoses to help ensure accurate reporting and reimbursement. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC , writes that the prevalence and complexity of prostate cancer is why it is so important for even inpatient coders to fully understand the diagnostic, treatment, and procedural aspects of this disease.
CMS released the fiscal year (FY) 2020 IPPS final rule on August 2, increasing inpatient operating payment rates by 3.1%, significantly altering rural health payments, expediting opportunities to pay for new technologies, and updating CCs, MCCs, and MS-DRGs. These policy updates affect approximately 3,300 acute care hospitals and apply to discharges occurring on and after October 1.
Regularly reviewing hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) and preparing for unanticipated reporting situations will ensure your facility can submit these with the utmost accuracy. Joe Rivet, JD, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, CICA, CPMA, CAC, CACO, helps coders better understand HACs by outlining the basics and giving tips for improving inpatient documentation and coding for these conditions.
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.
Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CRC , reviews the answers to commonly asked questions pertaining to sepsis documentation to help coders and CDI specialists ensure accurate reporting of this condition.