Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, writes that attention must be paid to coding guidelines and instructional notes for blindness, low vision, and laterality when reporting diseases of the eye and adnexa in Chapter 7 of 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.
Sarah Nehring, CCS, CCDS, says that strokes are complicated, which is why it is important for inpatient coders to be familiar with the brain’s anatomy and the clinical concepts of a stroke in order to report the most accurate ICD-10-CM codes.
Pulmonary hypertension is a complex, progressive disease that affects both children and adults, and leads to significant morbidity and mortality. In this article, Amy Sanderson, MD , reviews this disease to help ensure proper inpatient reporting and more precise queries.
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O, reviews the latest guidance and ICD-10-CM reporting for common novel coronavirus (COVID-19) scenarios such as reporting for patients who present for testing with symptoms of COVID-19. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Sarah A. Nehring, CCS, CCDS, details ICD-10-PCS reporting for extracorporeal membranous oxygenation (ECMO) procedures and says basic knowledge of what an ECMO procedure is, how it is established in a patient, and why it is used can have a large impact on proper reporting and hospital reimbursement.
Trey La Charité, MD, FACP, SFHM, CCS, CCDS , writes that one area of risk unique to CDI and coding staff is the physician query. While the creation of the individual physician query usually garners most of the attention, maintenance of query compliance is equally important and frequently overlooked.
The state of New York issued an executive order directly effecting the work of health information management professionals that limits documentation and coding requirements for COVID-19 patients. Around the same time, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it will reimburse hospitals nationwide at Medicare rates for treating uninsured COVID-19 patients.
Sarah Nehring, CCS, CCDS, reviews ICD-10-CM reporting for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as ICD-10-PCS reporting for procedures such as mechanical ventilations, tracheostomies, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenations. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Amy Sanderson, MD , writes that cerebral edema and brain compression are the result of significant brain abnormalities that can be life-threatening, and it’s important for clinicians to recognize and treat these conditions promptly. Properly documenting these diagnoses in the medical record is important to accurately reflect just how sick these patients are.
CMS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a new ICD-10-CM code for reporting COVID-19 along with relief for facilities participating in quality reporting during COVID-19. Guidance on MS-DRG assignment and CC/MCC status for the new COVID-19 code has also been released.
Q: Is there is any guidance on ICD-10-CM reporting for screening for COVID-19? For example, a patient was admitted with pneumonia and the physician documented “COVID-19 screening completed–NEGATIVE.” Would it be appropriate to assign ICD-10-CM code Z11.59 (encounter for screening for other viral diseases) for this?
Julian Everett, RN, BSN, CDIP , details the updated pediatric sepsis recommendations presented by the Surviving Sepsis Campaign which provides insight for clinical documentation specialists and inpatient coders on current clinical practices for the treatment of pediatric severe sepsis and septic shock.
Yvette DeVay, MHA, CPC, CPMA, CIC, writes that because novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new disease, there is still much to learn about how the disease is spread and what severity of illness it causes. For these reasons and more, many inpatient coders are finding this virus hard to report. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, details Chapter 5 of the ICD-10-CM manual which contains codes for mental, behavioral, and neurodevelopmental disorders, and says attention must be paid to coding guidelines and instructional notes when reviewing these codes for inpatient assignment.
Kay Piper, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, says exciting changes to ICD-10-CM are published in an often-overlooked document called the Addenda. It lists additions, revisions, and deletions to the Alphabetical Index and Tabular List. This might seem mundane until you realize the changes’ potential effect on coding and CDI.
Q: We are seeing an influx of possible COVID-19 patients at our facility. How can we prepare to query for COVID-19-related documentation and coding issues that are bound to come our way due to the newness of the diagnosis?