Sarah Nehring, RHIT, CCS, CCDS, writes that the ICD-10-PCS code set update for fiscal year 2021 included the creation of five new Fragmentation tables. For this article, Nehring will take a look at two vascular Fragmentation procedures: ultrasound-assisted thrombolysis (EKOS) and intravascular shockwave lithotripsy (IVL). Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Both sepsis and malnutrition remain top denied diagnoses, and there is little sign of those denial rates slowing. This article is part two of a two-part series that zeros in on clinical validation and denial prevention for these two diagnoses.
In a year of unprecedented disruption and uncertainty, coding productivity managed to hold steady, according to the results of HCPro’s 2020 Coding Productivity Survey. Review the survey results, which provide data on facility coding productivity, accuracy benchmarks, and more.
Those afflicted with sickle-cell disease or sickle cell traits were more likely to experience severe COVID-19 illness and hospitalization, according to a recent study presented at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition.
Q: Was there an Excludes note change for subcategory G93.4- (other and unspecified encephalopathy) for fiscal year 2021? If so, how will it change any ICD-10-CM reporting and reimbursement for toxic encephalopathy and metabolic encephalopathy going forward?
Both sepsis and malnutrition remain top denied diagnoses, and there is little sign of those denial rates slowing. Part one of this two-part series will take a closer look at malnutrition and sepsis criteria challenges, while part two will zero in on clinical validation and denial prevention for these two diagnoses.
Joe Rivet, Esq, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, CICA, CPMA, CAC, CACO, looks at some of the new fiscal year (FY) 2021 ICD-10-CM codes and guidelines pertaining to COVID-19 and Chapter 1 of the ICD-10-CM manual: Certain infectious and parasitic diseases. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Review clinical indicators for various types of encephalopathies including toxic or metabolic encephalopathy, hypertensive encephalopathy, and hepatic encephalopathy. Frequently reviewing clinical indicators for these complicated diagnoses will ensure both proper coding and reimbursement.
Sarah Nehring, RHIT, CCS, CCDS, reviews several new COVID-19-related ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes recently released by CMS that will become effective January 1. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Q: Is there ICD-10-CM sequencing guidance for a patient who had a hemorrhagic stroke and then a seizure without a pre-existing seizure disorder? Would it be appropriate to report epilepsy, and are there any inclusion terms we should be aware of?
Julian Everett, RN, BSN, CDIP, details COVID-19’s recent impact on our healthcare system including healthcare spending, health disparities, and the future of the system among COVID-19. Everett also assesses ICD-10-CM reporting for these disparities and social determinants of health.
CMS recently announced that it will take steps to increase hospital capacity by allowing care to be provided to patients outside a traditional, inpatient hospital setting amid a rising number of COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Sydni Johnson, RN, BSN, CCDS , and Denice Piwowar, BSN, RN, CCDS , detail some basics of clinical validation and how to request supporting indicators of a documented diagnosis without questioning the provider’s judgment.
Clinical indicators for certain conditions frequently require greater specificity in ICD-10-CM for which a query is often required. This article takes a closer look at clinical indicators and ICD-10-CM reporting for transient ischemic attack (TIA) and underlying causes and consequences. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
CMS recently announced 27 new ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes, along with corresponding MS-DRG assignment, for diagnoses and procedures related to COVID-19. These new codes will become effective for discharges on or after January 1.
Emmel Golden, MD, FCCP, CCDS , reviews three recent studies detailing sepsis trends in the U.S. and writes that now is a great time to shed light on how important complete, precise documentation and coding are to understanding the sepsis health challenges we face as a country.