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.
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.
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.
Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, covers the guidance published in the Fourth Quarter 2019 issue of Coding Clinic , which includes updates for atrial fibrillations, pressure-induced deep tissue damage, and more.
Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP , reviews instructional notes and reporting guidance for ICD-10-CM codes in Chapter 3 of the manual, which includes codes for diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs and certain disorders involving the immune mechanism. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
William E. Haik, MD, FCCP, CDIP , details guideline changes regarding the diagnosis and treatment of adults with community-acquired pneumonia and provides criteria to clinically validate a diagnosis of Gram-negative and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) pneumonia.
The fiscal year (FY) 2020 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, released shortly after the FY 2020 ICD-10-CM code release, provide instructions for healthcare professionals on how to appropriately report complex diagnoses. Since FY 2020 is in full swing, now is the time to review these updates if your inpatient coding team hasn’t already.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an important report in November 2019 on antibiotic-resistant threats in the United States. This comprehensive look at the serious problem of antibiotic resistance has compelling individual stories, great graphics, and actions that healthcare institutions can take to help deal with the issue. The report is free to download. I recommend it for professionals who work in documentation and coding as the information can be applied immediately in your work environments.
Prior to 1983, Medicare reimbursed based on actual charges that inpatient healthcare facilities billed (often referred to as “fee-for-service” payments). The more tests, procedures, and services ordered by physicians, the more an organization was paid. This created the potential for unnecessary or excessive services, contributing to rising healthcare costs and the possibility of depleting Medicare funds.
Julian Everett, RN, BSN, CDIP , says that 2020 should be the year when more CDI programs and inpatient coding teams ponder the idea of expanding into reviewing obstetrics. In this article, Everett details key areas to consider when starting these reviews, including hiring staff that have experience in obstetrics, conducting case sample assessments, and providing education on coding guidelines.
While the premise for quality programs is largely the same across the board, there are many programs and measures that fall under the “quality” banner. From readmissions to present on admission (POA) and patient safety indicators (PSI), CDI programs have a myriad of potential options in terms of record review focus.
Sarah Nehring, CCS, CCDS , writes that because of the complexity and frequency of ischemic stroke admissions, inpatient coders should review clinical criteria and ICD-10-CM reporting regularly for this diagnosis to ensure accurate coding and reimbursement. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
CMS recently published Special Edition MLN Matters article 20004 regarding changes to new technology add-on payments (NTAP) under the IPPS that are meant to increase access to innovative antibiotics for hospital inpatients.
Trey La Charité, MD, FACP, SFHM, CCS, CCDS , writes about conflicting documentation and how coders and clinical documentation integrity specialists can resolve inconsistencies in provider documentation to prevent claim denials.
The ICD-10-PCS Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting were updated for 2020 to include guidelines for coding brachytherapy performed in the inpatient setting. Sarah Nehring, CCS, CCDS , details these changes and how they will impact ICD-10-PCS reporting for permanent and temporary brachytherapy.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, making up almost 25% of all cancer deaths in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. In this article, Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O , reviews ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding for common types of cancer. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
New guidelines have been published regarding the diagnosis and treatment of adults with community-acquired pneumonia by the American Thoracic Society and Infectious Diseases Society of America (Metlay et al., 2019).
Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, analyzes pertinent guidelines and coding dilemmas found within Chapter 1 of the ICD-10-CM Manual: Certain Infectious and Parasitic Diseases. Commeree covers instructional note guidance and other chapter specific guidance for diagnoses such as sepsis and HIV. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.