There is one tell-tale sign that fall is here: the October implementation of the ICD-10 coding updates. Courtney Crozier, MA, RHIA, CCS, CDIP , explains the highlights of the update for fiscal year 2024, including 395 new codes, 25 deletions, 22 revisions, and 131 new headers.
Kellie Halsted, MSN/MHA, RN, CCDS, CCM , writes about how her experience as a hospital case manager has given her additional insight into writing clinical validation appeal letters as a CDI specialist.
Reporting malnutrition correctly is a constant challenge that faces increasing payer scrutiny. Kate Siemens, RN, CMSRN, CCDS, defines malnutrition and its unique applicability to end-of-life care, documentation tips, and how to report associated conditions in ICD-10-CM. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
A Journal of Hospital Medicine study published online in August found that decreases in readmission associated with CMS’ Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) correlated with an increase in patient mortality for certain conditions.
Laurie Prescott, RN, MSN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDIP, CRC , summarizes the highlights from the newest installment of Coding Clinic, which includes guidance on reporting pancytopenia, inherent conditions, ORIF, and neurally adjusted ventilatory assist devices.
It can be advantageous for patients and facilities to capture social determinants of health (SDOH) alongside medical conditions. Joscelyn Thomas, RHIT , explains how incorporating screening tools into facilities can help providers and coders promote better health outcomes, reduce disparities, and increase patient engagement.
Building ICD-10-PCS codes for cardiovascular surgery can be tricky given the number of root operations that may apply. Sarah Gould, CPC , reviews cardiac anatomy and ICD-10-PCS guidelines for reporting cardiac insertion and bypass procedures. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Diabetes mellitus is a common condition that occurs when a patient’s blood sugar (blood glucose) is consistently too high. Sarah Gould, CPC , delves into the disorder and covers how to report some of its many complications in ICD-10-CM. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the launch of its Hospital Sepsis Program Core Elements initiative on August 24. The program offers resources for hospitals to improve identification and management of sepsis.
The heart is a restless organ whose constant rhythm is integral to normal bodily functions. Unfortunately, there are many maladies that can occur, as Linda Martien, CPC, CPC-I, COC, CPMA, CRC, explains through her review of normal cardiac pathophysiology and how to report common rhythm abnormalities in ICD-10-CM.
Hemodialysis involves diverting blood into an external machine, where it is filtered and returned to the body. Sarah Gould, CPC , describes the vascular surgical options for hemodialysis (fistulas and grafts), their various types, and how to report them in ICD-10-PCS. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Parkinson's disease is a chronic and progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects the central nervous system. Debbie Jones, CPC, CCA , explains the symptoms, treatment, and how 2024 ICD-10-CM coding changes will affect reporting for this disease.
With certain medical conditions, encountering differing opinions and discrepancies in provider documentation is inevitable. Deanne Wilk, MPS, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDIP, CCS , reviews 10 diagnoses whose documentation commonly features discrepancies.