Hospital coders must be able to determine the reason for an admission and to differentiate conditions present on admission (POA) from those that develop during an inpatient stay. Learn how to effectively decipher documentation to identify the principal diagnosis and conditions that were POA.
Payment cuts are in the offing for Part B providers in 2023, along with a series of other projected changes targeting E/M services, COVID-19-related billing flexibilities, and value-based care, according to the 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule released July 7.
In an industry that changes both quickly and frequently, keeping staff educated is important not only for your healthcare system, but for your employees’ professional growth. Catherine Sheika, BSN, RN, CCDS, writes about coding and team-building games that make even the driest topics more engaging.
Every organization’s priorities will differ, but any outpatient CDI program must determine how to measure the improvement associated with its efforts. Outpatient CDI will directly contribute to the facility’s overall quality performance and risk adjustment models.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released the 2023 ICD-10-CM code set and ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. Review key ICD-10-CM updates including new codes for dementia, head injuries, and long-term drug therapy.
The 3-day payment rule is known to coders by various names such as the 72-hour rule, the 3-day payment window, or MS-DRG window policy. Kimberly Lee M.Ed., RHIA, CCS-P , describes how to navigate the rule’s nuances for billing purposes.
The National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Policy Manual for Medicare Services is used to control improper coding leading to inappropriate payment for Part B services. This article provides an in-depth overview of 2022 updates to the NCCI Manual including new and revised reporting guidance. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Coding a chart with a sepsis diagnosis requires careful attention to detail. Alba Kuqi, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CICA, CSCM , reviews sepsis documentation, ICD-10-CM coding requirements, and quality measures for public reporting.
Ongoing labor shortages and a competitive hiring market are putting a strain on HIM departments. As competition for qualified staff increases, learn how HIM leaders can turn to a variety of short- and long-term fixes and even find opportunities for improvement.
Various ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT codes may be used to report hospital services for the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19. Review Q&As on appropriate coding for COVID-19 laboratory testing, comorbidities, and treatments.
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.
Items eligible for CMS’ New Technology Add-on Payment (NTAP) often yield high reimbursement but are prone to charging, coding, and billing errors. Learn about the NTAP designation and its impact on coding and billing processes.
Although many provisions of the 2022 OPPS final rule are a light lift for hospitals, several have far-reaching implications. Apply these expert tips to ensure you're up to speed and aware of compliance pitfalls.
Revenue leakage can be caused by a number of factors including late filings, inconsistent documentation, and inaccurate coding. Fran Jurcak, MSN, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O , describes proactive strategies that coding professionals can use to address mid-revenue cycle leakage.
CMS is proposing to hit pause on major changes to MS-DRG designations while considering numerous changes to quality reporting and value programs, according to the fiscal year 2023 IPPS proposed rule. Read up on CMS’ proposed updates, which will impact inpatient hospitals beginning October 1. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Determination of what is medically necessary for any given diagnosis is set forth by the healthcare industry’s Standard of Care. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, RHIA, CCS-P, COC, CPC-I , unpacks local and national medical necessity standards and best practices for avoiding denials due to inadequate documentation .
Sometimes even the most seasoned revenue integrity professionals get stumped trying to navigate the maze of billing, charging, and coding rules that govern chargemaster structure. Review expert answers to perplexing chargemaster questions.
CMS is proposing to hit pause on major changes to MS-DRG designations while considering numerous changes to quality reporting and value programs, according to the fiscal year 2023 IPPS proposed rule. Read up on CMS’ proposed updates, which will impact inpatient hospitals beginning October 1.