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.
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.
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.
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.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the Cooperating Parties responsible for the ICD-10-CM codes and guidelines, recently released a 2018 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting errata. Slight changes were made to the guidelines for diabetes, hypertension, and principal diagnosis selection.
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.
Q: When it comes to conditions not related to hypertension, is it sufficient to attribute the diagnosis to another etiology or does the provider need to specifically document that the congestive heart failure (CHF) is not due to hypertension?
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 .
Q: If a patient is admitted for anemia related to a malignancy and is treated only for anemia, the principal diagnosis goes to the malignancy. Could you still code for the malignancy as the principal diagnosis if the patient was treated for other conditions at the same time?
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.
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.
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.