Inpatient coders must be familiar with different types of denials such as those due to clinical validity concerns. Alba Kuqi, MD, MSHIM, CDIP, CCS, CCDS, CRCR, CICA, CSMC, RHIA, CCM , outlines components of a clinical validation denial and tools used to craft a clinical validation appeal.
Reviewing a sample of claims for clinical validity and coding accuracy can seem like a daunting task. Kaitlin Loos, RN, BSN, CDI auditor, and Molly Siebert, RHIA, CCDS, CDI specialist, describe their individualized review processes.
CMS released the fiscal year (FY) 2023 IPPS proposed rule on April 18, with proposals for the annual ICD-10-CM/PCS code update and increases to hospital payment rates. The rule also introduces new quality measures aimed at advancing health equity and improving maternal health outcomes.
Coding managers should not assume that they can review every coding guideline, Coding Clinic , or coding-related issue targeted by the Office of Inspector General. Review considerations for conducting focused internal and external audits. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Nancy Treacy, MPH, RHIA, CDIP, CCS , describes her team’s experience implementing a streamlined audit process and offers advice to help others do the same. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Monitoring coding accuracy enables coding managers to spot error trends that could result in claim denials. Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA, CHPS , describes two methods used to calculate coding accuracy based on a sample of claims.
A recent audit conducted by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) projected that hospitals received $47.8 million in net overpayments from January 2018 through July 2019 for Medicare Part A claims that did not meet national requirements or contractor specifications for bariatric surgery.
Joe Rivet, Esq., CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, CICA, CPMA, CAC, CACO , describes how to use Office of Inspector General audit reports to identify areas at risk for noncompliance and how to organize targeted internal reviews.
CMS recently released three ICD-10-PCS codes, effective April 1, for the administration of fostamatinib (Tavalisse®)—an oral spleen tyrosine kinase inhibitor used to treat adults with low platelet count due to chronic immune thrombocytopenia.
Mechanical ventilation is a life-saving intervention used for acutely ill patients who cannot breathe on their own. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , evaluates medical terminology used to describe mechanical ventilation and breaks down ICD-10-PCS coding for this procedure.
It is estimated that as many as 1 in 500 adults may suffer from a cardiomyopathy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Review documentation considerations and ICD-10-CM coding for different types of cardiomyopathies. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The primary purpose of CDI work is to review medical records to increase the accuracy and specificity of provider documentation. Review the primary responsibilities of a CDI specialist including documentation review, querying, and physician education.
A recent audit conducted by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that Tufts Health Plan Inc. (Tufts) received at least $3.7 million of net overpayments from 2015 to 2016 for incorrectly submitting selected high-risk diagnosis codes.
Physician documentation of heart failure must specify the type and severity of the illness to apply the most accurate code. Alba Kuqi, MD, MSHIM, CDIP, CCS, CCDS, CRCR, CICA, CSMC, RHIA, CCM , breaks down clinical documentation and ICD-10-CM coding for four types of heart failure.
Patients are often admitted for acute conditions and experience additional issues affecting their care and treatment plan during the encounter. Ashayla Stephens, MHA, RHIA, CCS , and Audrey Howard, RHIA , describe the process of validating multiple diagnoses documented within the health record. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.