James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP , writes that if a payer has criteria that differs from that of the provider or the facility, Recovery Auditors can deny ICD-10-CM/PCS codes they deem not to fit these criteria. Kennedy gives solutions for coding compliance for conditions such as sepsis, coma, and encephalopathy.
Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, reviews 2017 First and Second Quarter Coding Clinic advice, which includes sequencing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with other respiratory diagnoses and body mass index reporting instructions.
In today’s virtual environment, with its focus on flexible schedules, organizing an inpatient coding team requires consideration of time zones, team member skills, volume of work, and claim-processing schedules. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
A recent Coding Clinic has garnered a lot of questions on inpatient obstetrics coding. While coders were originally taught to use multiple codes for the repair of a third- or fourth-degree perineal laceration, Coding Clinic , First Quarter 2016, states that you don’t use multiple codes for third- and fourth-degree tears, because you need to code to the “deepest layer.”
Turning the microscope to critically examine the program you painstakingly created is no easy task. It is a challenging process that requires a fair amount of humility and humbleness. It’s hard to accept that your program, your staff, and you (the physician advisor) might suddenly not be as effective as you previously believed. Believe me, I speak from experience.
Most healthcare systems already have a proven process in place to monitor revenue integrity and ensure correct reimbursement. Beyond the day-to-day revenue cycle staff involved in revenue integrity, more than 60% of hospital executives believe revenue integrity is essential to their organization’s financial stability and sustainability, according to a survey by Craneware, Inc .
Traditionally, the OPPS rulemaking cycle has been the main vehicle for changes to outpatient coding and billing regulations and policy that hospitals need to pay attention to. But Jugna Shah, MPH , writes that, increasingly, CMS has been introducing or discussing changes relevant to outpatient hospitals beyond the scope of the OPPS rules.
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, helps coders and CDI specialists process important aspects of Coding Clinic’s First Quarter 2017 guidance such as the sequencing of pneumonia in the setting of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, writes about how understanding the different forms of viral hepatitis and alcoholic hepatitis, as well as their effects on the liver, help to clarify coding assignment. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
With new data feeding into DRGs, facilities can finally start to see the impact of coders reporting new ICD-10 specificity and if cases are going to the same DRG groups that they did in ICD-9-CM. One MS-DRG group falling into question this year is for acute ischemic stroke with use of thrombolytic agent. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Joel Moorhead, MD, PhD, CPC , explains that a patient with an atypical presentation, by definition, may have the disease but might not meet typical criteria for diagnosis; thus, the patient needs to be at the center of clinical validation.
Ghazal Irfan, RHIA, writes that it’s pivotal that coders have a thorough and in-depth understanding of complex surgeries such as excisional debridements, along with comprehensive knowledge of relevant Coding Clinics and guidelines.
All of us in ICD-10-CM/PCS coding compliance are facing a tsunami of denials from payers, Recovery Auditors, and Medicare quality improvement organizations. This is due to the auditors’ removal of ICD-10-CM codes based on provider documentation; auditors can perceive that a patient did not have clinical indicators supporting the presence of the documented condition.
One of the primary difficulties in achieving uniformity of code assignment is that, in some circumstances, selecting the principal diagnosis is believed to be up to the individual coder or CDI specialist. Let’s take a closer look at the 2017 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting to understand whether this is really the case.
Alcohol, as a legal substance for those 21 and older, is commonly seen as more benign than illicit drugs such as heroin and cocaine. However, alcohol can also physically harm the body in many ways. In ICD-10-CM, the categories related to alcohol fall under category F10.- (alcohol-related disorders).
Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) specialists, in theory, bridge the gap between physicians and coders. However, CDI and coding teams are often educated separately and work apart from each other.