A spinal fusion is used to permanently connect two or more vertebrae, eliminating motion between them. Read up on ICD-10-PCS guidance for reporting spinal fusions based on key details in the operative note. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Inpatient coders have malnutrition on their mental list of diagnoses at risk of audits. Learn how to effectively work with dieticians and CDI staff to ensure accurate documentation and ICD-10-CM coding for malnutrition.
Bronchoscopy is often performed in conjunction with other therapeutic procedures for the treatment of lung problems. Sarah Nehring, BS, RHIT, CCS, CCDS , breaks down ICD-10-PCS coding for bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage and suction of a mucus plug.
Sepsis and systemic inflammatory response syndrome are historically difficult to document and report in ICD-10-CM. Alba Kuqi, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CICA, CSCM , breaks down sepsis definitions and outlines a process for query creation.
Determining the most specific ICD-10-PCS code for a procedural service can be tricky given that there are 34 character values and over 78,000 ICD-10-PCS codes for 2022. This article breaks down potentially confusing ICD-10-PCS guidelines for obstetric and cardiovascular procedures. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Hospital coders must be able to determine the reason for an admission and to differentiate conditions present on admission (POA) from those that develop during an inpatient stay. Learn how to effectively decipher documentation to identify the principal diagnosis and conditions that were POA.
A handful of new ICD-10-CM/PCS codes took effect April 1. Read up on the updates and CMS’ process for implementing code changes biannually. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Coders in acute care facilities must be comfortable assigning ICD-10-CM/PCS codes for abortions. Sarah Nehring, BS, RHIT, CCS, CCDS , breaks down ICD-10-CM/PCS codes for spontaneous and induced abortions and related complications.
Peoples Health Network received an estimated $3.3 million in overpayments between 2015 and 2016 for incorrectly billing ICD-10-CM codes from high-risk groups, according to a recent audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG).
In an industry that changes both quickly and frequently, keeping staff educated is important not only for your healthcare system, but for your employees’ professional growth. Catherine Sheika, BSN, RN, CCDS, writes about coding and team-building games that make even the driest topics more engaging.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released the fiscal year (FY) 2023 ICD-10-CM code set and ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting , introducing new codes and guidance for reporting dementia, head injuries, and long-term drug therapy.
Cranial diagnoses present with varied symptoms and require an individualized approach to treatment. Brush up on documentation and ICD-10-CM/PCS coding for neuroendoscopy, posterior fossa decompression, and embolectomy/thrombectomy procedures. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Coding a chart with a sepsis diagnosis requires careful attention to detail. Alba Kuqi, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CICA, CSCM , reviews sepsis documentation, ICD-10-CM coding requirements, and quality measures for public reporting.