Q: We recently had a patient who was admitted with sepsis and the physician documented sepsis, a urinary tract infection (UTI) related to a chronic Foley catheter, and pneumonia. Can we report sepsis first instead of the complication code, or is the complication always first?
Sarah Nehring, CCS, CCDS, says that the last thing a query writer wants is to provoke a defensive response, but in the current healthcare environment, CDI specialists, clinical, and inpatient coding staff need to think defensively. In this article, Nehring outlines five items to remember when it comes to defendable queries, documentation, and coding.
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O, HCS-D, reviews the 2020 ICD-10-CM code changes for atrial fibrillation, as well as the clinical background and ICD-10-PCS reporting for related procedures. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, writes that one of the most interesting aspects of the ICD-10-CM code update for fiscal year (FY) 2020 was CMS’ proposal to change the severity assignment for many of these codes. In this article, Blue compares the severity changes that were suggested in the FY 2020 IPPS proposed rule with the designations that were actually finalized.
In August, U.S. District Judge David Ezra in Texas dismissed a case against Baylor Scott & White Health that alleged the organization falsely billed for millions in false claims for Medicare reimbursement.
Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC , writes that the prevalence and complexity of prostate cancer is why it is so important for even inpatient coders to fully understand the diagnostic, treatment, and procedural aspects of this disease.
ICD-10-CM/PCS coding for heart conditions such as aortic valve stenosis, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation requires an in-depth understanding of anatomical terminology and clinical indications. This article will review these three diagnoses to help ensure accurate reporting and reimbursement. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Q: We have a diabetic patient with chronic kidney disease and hypertension who was admitted for treatment of chronic kidney disease (an Insertion of an arteriovenous graft for dialysis). Which ICD-10-CM code should be sequenced as the principal diagnosis?
CMS released the FY 2020 IPPS final rule on August 2, which finalized its decision on requests for new MS-DRG designations for chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapies. Upheld from the proposed rule, CMS denied these requests.
Q: What would be reported as the principal diagnosis if a patient was admitted with both a urinary tract infection (UTI) and sepsis? What would be reported first if the patient developed a catheter-associated UTI with sepsis?
Cathy Farraher, RN, BSN, MBA, CCM, CCDS, writes that CDI professionals can work to reduce the incidence of physician query fatigue and gives recommendations to help improve provider response rate while reducing query frustration.
Regularly reviewing hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) and preparing for unanticipated reporting situations will ensure your facility can submit these with the utmost accuracy. Joe Rivet, JD, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, CICA, CPMA, CAC, CACO, helps coders better understand HACs by outlining the basics and giving tips for improving inpatient documentation and coding for these conditions.
It’s that time of year when coders eagerly await the release of the new ICD-10-CM/PCS codes and guideline updates for the upcoming year. Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, tackles the fiscal year (FY) 2020 IPPS final rule to highlight 2020 code set and guideline changes. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
CMS released the fiscal year (FY) 2020 IPPS final rule on August 2 with updates to payment rates and wage index values, changes to CC/MCC designations, and revisions to various MS-DRGs. Policy updates affect approximately 3,300 acute care hospitals and apply to discharges beginning October 1.
Q: A diabetic patient is diagnosed with a gangrenous decubitus ulcer of the left heel and admitted to the hospital for treatment. If the provider documents an association between diabetes and the decubitus ulcer, which condition should be sequenced as the principal diagnosis?
While it is essential to receive continuing education on ICD-10-CM/PCS code selection, it is also important to stay current with industry news. Joe Rivet, JD, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, CICA, CPMA, CAC, CACO , reviews inpatient reporting and guideline updates for fiscal year 2020. 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 , reviews the answers to commonly asked questions pertaining to sepsis documentation to help coders and CDI specialists ensure accurate reporting of this condition.
Tamara Hicks, RN, BSN, MHA, CCS, CCS, ACM-RN, CCDS-O , explains how her organization implemented a CDI career ladder and why it’s an important step for hospitals looking to expand their coding and CDI departments.