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.
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.
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.
Don’t automatically presume a link between two conditions within a combination code in cases when a guideline requires that link to be explicitly documented, the latest version of the ICD-10-CM coding guidelines clarify.
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.
Q: Our team had a recent case that involved a small midline episiotomy which extended to a second-degree laceration which was repaired with 3-0 vicryl rapide sutures. Would we code the episiotomy and repair or just the repair, and why?
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.
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.
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.
According to a study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, researchers studying emergency department (ED) visits found that electronic sepsis alert implementation increased ED sepsis detection from 83% to 96%.
In June, CMS released the 2018 ICD-10-PCS Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting which include various revisions from the 2017 guidelines. These changes come on the heels of the 2018 IPPS proposed rule and recently released ICD-10-PCS codes.
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.
Q: At my institution, all of our congestive heart failure exacerbations get at least one chest x-ray. Is that enough “diagnostic testing” to code the secondary condition in accordance to Coding Clinic ?
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.
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.