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.
The amount of energy it takes to stay up-to-date on all the relevant payment and coding updates can be overwhelming, and one relatively new solution to this conundrum is the addition of a CDI educator—an individual dedicated to the educational needs of the CDI team and, in some cases, even physicians.
CMS recently released the 2018 IPPS final rule, which featured 2,916 of its now-annual ICD-10-PCS code additions, deletions, and revisions. This article reviews changes to ICD-10-PCS codes including the addition of short-term device characters and various table updates. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
CMS recently released the 2018 IPPS final rule, with updates to various quality initiatives, annual payment updates for inpatient services, and an extensive amount of now-annual ICD-10-PCS code additions, deletions, and revisions. This article reviews guideline updates, the addition of “other devices” characters, and new tables added for root operation Replacement. 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, CCDS, CDIP, details how Coding Clinic , Second Quarter 2017, did not disappoint in addressing clinical issues affecting those in coding compliance and instructing how to properly use the ICD-10-CM Index and Table .
One of the reasons that we all read Briefings in Coding Compliance Strategies is to maintain our competence and quality in coding and risk-adjustment principles as to anticipate how recovery auditors and accountability agents view our coded data. While a good compliance officer and attorney knows the law, the better one knows the law, the judge, and the jury.
You may be thinking that you’ve never heard of scleroderma. As a coder, we know to look at these big fancy words and break them down by their root words in order to get a clue of what we’re talking about.
Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CCDS , writes about congestive heart failure and covers symptoms, coding best practices, and treatment for the disease using new ICD-10 for 2018.
In Major Diagnostic Category 1, Diseases and Disorders of the Nervous System, which covers MS-DRGs 020-103, CMS made changes to the classification of the diagnoses of functional quadriplegia and precerebral occlusion or transient ischemic attack with the use of a thrombolytic, as well as for the insertion of a responsive neurostimulator system. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Julia Hammerman, RHIA, CPHQ , and Sam Champagnie , explain how the newness and specificity of ICD-10 ushered in a stronger focus on clinical coding audits and how coding audit best practices shifted following implementation.
Crystal Stalter, CDIP, CCS-P, CPC, writes that with the release of the 2018 IPPS final rule, hospitals around the country are poring over it to see what impact the changes might bring to their case-mix index, quality initiatives, and overall reimbursement. In the midst of this are coders and CDI specialists who need to be kept abreast of these changes.
Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CPC, CCS-P, CEMC , reviews coding guidelines, signs, and symptoms of gastroparesis and helps coders avoid tricky guidance that can lead to reporting errors. 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, says that with the news codes available October 1, coders will face significant changes in documentation and coding practices. He discusses some of the additional new codes, including type 2 diabetes mellitus with ketoacidosis and pulmonary hypertension.
CDI professionals recognize the effect comprehensive CDI programs have on both payment and profiling outcomes in all healthcare settings. As a result, many organizations are forging ahead to apply CDI beyond the walls of the traditional acute care setting.
The Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) finally went into effect after a bumpy start. The MOON was originally set to go into effect August 2016, but the draft version was only released for comment at the beginning of that month.
Now that the fiscal year 2018 ICD-10-CM/PCS codes have been released , let’s consider some of the compliance pitfalls, booby traps, and opportunities that await coders when these new codes are implemented on October 1.
Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, writes that coding for skin cancers requires understanding the guidelines as well as knowledge of how the conditions are classified in the ICD-10-CM manual. 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 , explains how ICD-10-CM addresses kidney illness and advises on how to ensure documentation and coding integrity through certain challenges including risk-adjustment methodologies and functional versus anatomic diagnoses.
Starting October 1, the new and revised ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes go into effect along with proposed DRG changes. Coders will benefit from digging deeper into the meanings of the new cardiovascular code descriptions to be able to fully understand and use them.
Coding Clinic , Second Quarter 2017, which became effective May 17, did not disappoint in addressing clinical issues affecting us in coding compliance and instructing us in how to properly use the ICD-10-CM Index and Table. Let’s review several of Coding Clinic’s changes.
Daniel E. Catalano, MD, FACOG, says that from the CDI perspective, the ability to communicate pediatric severity of illness is complicated by the fact that pediatricians have a lexicon that is not well captured in ICD-10-CM. This, he writes, is especially true for pediatric cardiology.
Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA, CHPS , explains that as a coding manager, whether your inpatient team is on-site, off-site, or remote, creating the appropriate environment and selecting proper locations are key to any successful team. 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, writes that while you might have thought you’ve finally mastered coding compliance with DRGs and quality measures, now it is time to learn the compliance risks and opportunities with a new risk-adjustment method: Hierarchical Condition Categories.
Many national organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control, the American Liver Foundation, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Food and Drug Administration have information and resources available to provide education and promote testing for viral hepatitis.
When someone decides to enter the world of medical coding, they usually start off coding for obstetric and newborn charts. After coding for a month or two, the newbie coder is transitioned to low-dollar queues; usually encompassing charts $10,000 and less. Gradually, he or she works toward the medium-dollar and moderate-procedure queues between $20,000-$39,000.
Beginning and sustaining a remote CDI program can be a challenge for even seasoned professionals. Traditionally, CDI specialists put in varying amounts of face-to-face time with the physicians. Ideally, that in-person interaction makes the physicians more open to CDI efforts. However, many remote CDI programs and individual specialists have found creative ways around this face-to-face time.
Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CPC, CCS-P, CEMC , takes a look at scleroderma diagnoses and helps coders to breakdown the disease components and treatment to better identify it in documentation and improve coding. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Laura Legg, RHIT, CCS, CDIP, writes that coders will benefit from digging deeper into the meanings of the new fiscal year 2018 ICD-10-PCS cardiovascular code descriptions to be able to fully comprehend and use them.
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.
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.
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.”
While you thought that we’ve finally mastered coding compliance with DRGs and quality measures, now it is time to learn the compliance risks and opportunities with a new risk-adjustment method applicable to MACRA, Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCC).
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 .
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.
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.