Since the physician doesn't need to document a specific root operation, coders cannot rely solely on the terms the physician uses; thus it is important for each coder to fully understand each definition. This article takes a look at the root operations Drainage, Extirpation, and Fragmentation. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP , reviews recent coding audits at that Northside Medical Center of Youngstown, Ohio, and Vidant Medical Center of Greenville, North Carolina, and gives readers tips on how to better prepare their facilities through these examples.
Trey La Charité, MD, discusses the importance of monitoring your facility’s case-mix index, and how evaluating each component of a case-mix index allows you to narrow your focus and to hone in on all of the factors that might be affecting them.
Laura Legg, RHIT, CCS, CDIP , explains how external coding audits are an important part of shining a light into all coding operations and turning risk into security and peace of mind. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The incidence of stroke and transient ischemic attack is increasing as the baby-boomer population ages. James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP , writes that understanding and embracing clinical and coding fundamentals for these conditions is essential in the joint effort to promote providers’ complete documentation and the coder’s assignment of clinically valid codes.
In today’s ever-changing healthcare landscape, emphasis is shifting away from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance, from volume-based care to value-based reimbursement, and from case-mix index to outcome measures.
The selection of the principal diagnosis is one of the most important steps when coding an inpatient record. The diagnosis reflects the reason the patient sought medical care, and the principal diagnosis can drive reimbursement.
The human eye may be small, but it’s one of the most complex organ systems in the body. Review the anatomy of the eye and how to code for conditions affecting the system, including new details for 2017.
Amber Sterling, RN, BSN, CCDS , and Jana Armstrong, RHIA, CPC , discuss revenue integrity and how it focuses on three operational pillars: clinical coding, clinical documentation improvement, and physician education.
Crystal R. Stalter, CPC, CCS-P, CDIP, writes about how fully specified documentation is the key to quality care, compliance, and eventual reimbursement, and how documentation software can help to streamline these processes.
Optimal ICD-10 accuracy cannot be achieved by simply looking up a code in an encoder or book. Knowing the rationale for what you are coding, why you are applying one code versus another, and having the knowledge base to correctly apply the 2017 Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting are the ingredients necessary for accurate clinical coding.
Clinical validation denials (CVD) result from a review by a clinician, such as a registered nurse, contractor medical director, or therapist, who concludes retrospectively that a patient was not really afflicted by a condition that was documented in the medical record and coded by the coder.
The 2017 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting brought many changes and updates for coders, and present-on-admission (POA) reporting was not excluded. Completely understanding POA guidelines is necessary for any inpatient coder.