According to the American Cancer Society, in 2017 there were an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths in the U.S. In this article, Peggy Blue, MPH, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC , breaks down the usage of the ICD-10-CM neoplasm table and reviews coding for neoplasm admissions. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Because Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCC) and similar risk-adjustment methodologies impact physician and hospital practices, James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS , reviews CMS’ Risk-Adjustment Data Validators (RADV) instructions to improve HCC compliance.
Outsourced coding audits for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code sets are a common practice in inpatient facilities, and from national healthcare systems to physician practices, outside coding experts are engaged to audit coding accuracy, quality, and performance.
In November 2017, HCPro asked healthcare professionals about ICD-10 coding productivity. Based on respondent feedback, respondents were asked to report productivity based on records per hour or records per day. In previous years, respondents were asked to report productivity based only on records per hour.
Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, writes that since there is such a prevalence for obesity in our nation, it’s a no brainer that correctly assigning and fully understanding the ICD-10-CM/PCS codes for obesity-related conditions is imperative for coders in any facility.
Creating a query and knowing when to query can be complicated, and there are a number of training tactics that can prove successful for coders when trying to improve upon physician query practices. For this article, let’s take a look at when coders should query and when it’s appropriate for them to cite clinical evidence. 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, CCDS, reviews some ICD fundamentals and to help facilities develop a strategy that will ease the transition to the new administrative language as the federal government moves toward deployment of the International Classification of Diseases, 11th Edition, for Mortality and Morbidity Statistics (ICD-11-MMS).
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a commonly diagnosed condition where the ventricles or the lower chambers of the heart do not work effectively. The heart serves as a pump to get blood in and then out of the heart to circulate to the rest of the body. When any type of pump doesn’t work efficiently, backups can occur.
With yearly ICD-10 code and guideline updates to the respiratory system, it’s important for coders to stay abreast of changes to ensure documentation and coding integrity. This article takes a closer look at the ICD-10-CM code updates as well as recent Coding Clinic guidance on the respiratory system. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Surprisingly, thyroid disease is more common than diabetes or heart disease, with an estimated 20 million Americans having some form of the disease. In this article, Yvette M. DeVay, MHA, CPC, CPMA, CIC, CPC-I gives readers a background on thyroid cancer and reviews ICD-10-CM/PCS coding for the disease.
In perusing the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) Work Plan , there are many clinical issues that we in ICD-10-CM/PCS coding compliance must address.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer . Exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun without protection can cause skin cancer. UV rays can come from other sources as well, such as tanning beds and sun lamps. The number of skin cancer diagnoses has increased in the past few years.
Cheryl Manchenton, RN, BSN, says that to achieve accurate quality rankings and value-based payments, efforts must extend far beyond coding and CDI to include clinical providers, quality specialists, and other healthcare professionals—and everyone must collaborate to achieve positive results.
Crystal Stalter, CDIP, CCS-P, CPC, writes about the benefits of creating best practices at your facility and how they help avoid time lost and unnecessary delays in payment. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Yes, I’ll admit it: I used to be one of those people. Before finding a great fit on a CDI dream team, I worked as a medical review examiner for a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). During that time, I reviewed Part A claims for inpatient stays, therapy reviews, medications, and Recovery Auditor (RA) appeals—to name a few. Not only did I gain experience working with Medicare hospital claims, but I also got to see a little bit of how different facilities approach their denials.
The newness and specificity of ICD-10 has ushered in a stronger focus on clinical coding audits. From internal reviews to external inpatient coding audits, healthcare organizations nationwide are revisiting tried-and-true audit practices with ICD-10 coding quality in mind.
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, writes that now that the fiscal year 2018 IPPS final rule and the 2018 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting have been released, it’s important to review MS-DRG dynamics that warrant consideration in documentation and coding compliance.
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CCDS, CDIP , deciphers the new information given for functional quadriplegia, marasmus, kwashiorkor, and palliative care found in the various fiscal year 2018 ICD-10-CM guidance updates.
In 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. In this article, Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS , details best practices when assigning ICD-10-CM/PCS codes for breast cancer diagnoses and procedures. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Allen Frady, RN-BSN, CCDS, CCS, CRC, answers questions about the fiscal year 2018 IPPS final rule’s updates, additions, and deletions in hopes to help guide coders and clinical documentation improvement specialists through the implementation.
Mortality reviews pose a special challenge—not only does the CDI specialist need to know the ins and outs of severity of illness and risk of mortality, but the cases themselves are typically more complicated than an average hospital stay, making these essential reviews even more complex.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of heart arrhythmia in the U.S. Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP , writes that an understanding of ICD-10-CM coding and sequencing for this condition is key, but coders still need to navigate ICD-10-PCS codes to capture the surgical services performed at the facility. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Now that the fiscal year 2018 ICD-10-CM/PCS codes have been implemented , James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CCDS, CDIP , reviews some of the compliance pitfalls that coders may encounter for diagnoses including Type 2 myocardial infarction, the pediatric Glasgow Coma Scale, and right heart failure.
If you have never participated in the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance proceedings, I highly suggest that you make it a goal for the future. I feel very maternal about some of the changes in ICD-10-CM which will be implemented October 1 because I participated in the formative meeting.
Now that the fiscal year (FY) 2018 IPPS Final Rule , the 2018 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting , and Coding Clinic , Third Quarter 2017, have been released, let’s continue to process some interesting dynamics that warrant our consideration in documentation and coding compliance.
Appeal writing, like most things in a hospital, is a learned skill. Keeping things simple, both in terms of the arguments constructed and the language used in the letters themselves, will prevent you from creating horrific monstrosities out of minor gremlins.