Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, writes about the Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) recent audit findings regarding the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code for kwashiorkor, and discusses what coders can do to stay compliant when coding guidance is lacking. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Victoria M. Hernandez, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P , AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, and Debi Primeau, RHIA, FAHIMA , highlight several areas that illustrate the increasing importance of code specificity to ensure accurate reporting and appropriate reimbursement.
While a facility’s case–mix index is an important metric to measure, program managers and directors warn that metrics mean different things to different stakeholders and that CDI programs need to work diligently to present their data within the context of a host of other important measures.
Hospitals are seeing a growing number of staff move off-site. Remote inpatient coders are common and might work from home several days a week. The shift is fueled in part by EHRs: As paper records disappear, it’s less necessary to have staff in nonclinical positions on-site. And, for many hospitals, space is at a premium.
Jocelyn E. Murray, RN, CCDS, reviews the similarities and differences between CDI audits and coding compliance audits and says it’s our collective responsibility to provide the insight that defines the two specialties and the critical efforts both bring to the table.
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CCDS, CDIP, interprets the various guidance given in Coding Clinic , Fourth Quarter 2017, including pre-bill audits and denials based on clinical criteria, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with exacerbated asthma.
Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP , writes that understanding the epidemiology of HIV, its manifestations, and its stages are important when reviewing the medical record for ICD-10-CM coding, and interpreting provider documentation and understanding the coding guidelines are of the upmost importance for proper sequencing.
More than 13 million Americans have bladder incontinence, and women are twice more likely than men to have it, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Peggy Blue, MPH, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, reviews ICD-10-CM/PCS coding for the bladder and writes that with so many Americans affected, knowledge of proper coding of bladder diagnoses and procedures is important.
Creating a query can be complicated, and there are a number of continued training tactics that prove successful for the coder when trying to improve upon physician query practices. This article takes a look at how improving a coder’s knowledge of principal and secondary diagnosis selection can produce a more effective physician query. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, reviews the most recent Coding Clinic guidance, which touches on common coding conundrums from subjects such as clostridium difficile, diabetes with ketoacidosis, myocardial infarction, pulmonary hypertension, and more.
In advance of ICD-10-CM/PCS, many institutions implemented computer-assisted coding (CAC) hoping to mitigate the anticipated productivity losses, but some research has confirmed my suspicions that there is an inverse relationship between coding productivity and accuracy.
It seems that the current buzz in the CDI and inpatient coding world is hierarchical condition categories (HCCs) and other health plan funding models. Everyone’s talking about HCCs for the inpatient, including AHIMA , ACDIS , and the AMA .
When asked to describe their job, many CDI professionals explain that they help physicians and coders paint an accurate picture of the care provided to patients. But how can CDI programs flip the canvas and dip their brushes to paint their own self-portrait?
Hiring top-notch inpatient coders: Is it good luck, great karma, or the power of prayer? Many coding managers say it takes all three to recruit high-quality, experienced medical record coders post-ICD-10.
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, writes that in order to comply with CMS’ ever-changing metrics, it’s important for physicians to learn new techniques for better documentation so that ICD-10-CM/PCS codes can be reported more completely.
In advance of ICD-10-CM/PCS, many institutions implemented computer-assisted coding (CAC) hoping to mitigate anticipated productivity losses. Erica E. Remer, MD, FACEP, CCDS, highlights some of the pitfalls of CAC and provides techniques to improve accuracy. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Candace Blankenship, BSN, RN, CCDS, details the scoring weight of the new ICD-10-CM heart failure codes and looks at potential reimbursement discrepancies as none of the new heart failure codes have been assigned to a CC/MCC.