In part two of this two-part series, Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS , reviews the recent guidance from Coding Clinic , Second Quarter 2019, including systemic inflammatory response syndrome, partial hip replacements, and more.
While “myocardial ischemia” is a familiar term to CDI professionals and inpatient coders, the term “myocardial injury” does not share the same widespread recognition. In this article, Adriane Martin, DO, FACOS, CCDS , deciphers the clinical criteria and reporting guidelines for capturing myocardial injuries and demand ischemia.
During the September ICD-10-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a proposal to add, delete, and revise various ICD-10-CM codes for reporting sepsis.
Joe Rivet, JD, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, CICA, CPMA, CAC, CACO, reviews the basics of reporting with ICD-10-PCS including how to use the ICD-10-PCS manual, decipher root operation guidelines, and identify the principal procedure in physician documentation. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Q: We had a patient with Type 2 diabetes who was admitted for hypoglycemia with metabolic encephalopathy. The patient also had stage 2 chronic kidney disease (CKD) and a diagnosis of hypertension (HTN). Which ICD-10-CM codes should we assign for this patient’s encounter?
With much of the coding workforce working remotely, the inpatient coding manager must implement some control mechanisms to ensure the distractions at home are not interfering with the quality and quantity of work expected from the staff. In this article Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA, CHPS, gives suggestions on the various ways to monitor your remote coding staff, including tips for conducting coding reviews. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Q: Our coding team saw that there is a new section for radiation therapy in the FY 2020 ICD-10-PCS Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting . Can you explain the recent changes made to this section?
Joe Rivet, JD, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, CICA, CPMA, CAC, CACO, reviews how to report the stage and type of various skin ulcers, the fiscal year (FY) 2020 guideline updates for pressure ulcers, and common terminology traps inpatient coders can get tripped up by.
Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, writes that one of the most interesting aspects of the ICD-10-CM code update for fiscal year (FY) 2020 was CMS’ proposal to change the severity assignment for many of these codes. In this article, Blue compares the severity changes that were suggested in the FY 2020 IPPS proposed rule with the designations that were actually finalized.
Q: We recently had a patient who was admitted with sepsis and the physician documented sepsis, a urinary tract infection (UTI) related to a chronic Foley catheter, and pneumonia. Can we report sepsis first instead of the complication code, or is the complication always first?
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O, HCS-D, reviews the 2020 ICD-10-CM code changes for atrial fibrillation, as well as the clinical background and ICD-10-PCS reporting for related procedures. 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 the last thing a query writer wants is to provoke a defensive response, but in the current healthcare environment, CDI specialists, clinical, and inpatient coding staff need to think defensively. In this article, Nehring outlines five items to remember when it comes to defendable queries, documentation, and coding.
In August, U.S. District Judge David Ezra in Texas dismissed a case against Baylor Scott & White Health that alleged the organization falsely billed for millions in false claims for Medicare reimbursement.
ICD-10-CM/PCS coding for heart conditions such as aortic valve stenosis, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation requires an in-depth understanding of anatomical terminology and clinical indications. This article will review these three diagnoses to help ensure accurate reporting and reimbursement. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC , writes that the prevalence and complexity of prostate cancer is why it is so important for even inpatient coders to fully understand the diagnostic, treatment, and procedural aspects of this disease.
Q: We have a diabetic patient with chronic kidney disease and hypertension who was admitted for treatment of chronic kidney disease (an Insertion of an arteriovenous graft for dialysis). Which ICD-10-CM code should be sequenced as the principal diagnosis?