Many physicians are not entirely aware of the denials landscape and their involvement in it is often something they never anticipated. Educating physicians on their role in coding denials is important as it will help ensure proper reimbursement. Part two of this two-part series discusses involving physicians in administrative law judge appeals and monitoring success rates.
Jillian Harrington, MHA, CPC, CPC-I, CPC-P, CCS, CCS-P, CEMC, MHP, writes that in order to ensure proper coding, documentation, and reimbursement, it’s great practice to have inpatient coding and CDI teams review querying procedures yearly. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Many physicians are not entirely aware of the denials landscape and their involvement in it is often something that they never anticipated. Educating physicians on their role in coding denials is important as it will help ensure proper reimbursement. Part one of this two-part series discusses how to make time for proactive education.
Patient safety and quality of care are forerunning concerns for organizations today. Not only do we want to ensure our patients are receiving high-quality care, we want to ensure care is safe and effective. We need to examine how and when we evaluate that quality of care, however, in order to remain ethical and compliant.
Tackling reporting errors early on is an essential component of denials management. Leyna Belcher, MSN, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O , describes strategies that coding and billing professionals can employ to reduce claim denials and increase the success rate of appeals.
Inpatient coders and CDI specialists are usually familiar with ICD-10-CM coding for diabetes mellitus and Cushing’s syndrome. However, they may need a refresher on ICD-10-CM coding for less common endocrine disorders. This article breaks down endocrine anatomy and physiology, and ICD-10-CM coding for thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and pineal irregularities.
According to Deanne Wilk, BSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CCDS-O, CCS, patient safety and quality of care are forerunning concerns for organizations today, and hospitals need to examine how and when they evaluate that quality of care in order to remain ethical and compliant.
Alba Kuqi, MD, CICA, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CSMC, MSHIM, RHIA , writes that one diagnosis in particular that can take extra effort to understand is acute kidney injury (AKI). Frequently reviewing coding and CDI challenges related to AKI will ensure proper coding and reimbursement.
In this article, Alba Kuqi, MD, CICA, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CSMC, MSHIM, RHIA , breaks down acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and sepsis criteria and reviews documentation and querying for these diagnoses through a case study.
All inpatient coding and CDI professionals, whether new to the field or industry veterans, should be familiar with the American Hospital Association’s Coding Clinic . This article reviews the steps to take and the importance of submitting coding questions.
In this article, Alba Kuqi, MD, CICA, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CSMC, MSHIM, RHIA , breaks down the various definitions and criteria for sepsis and reviews documentation and querying for this diagnosis through a case study.
Trey La Charité, MD, FACP, SFHM, CCS, CCDS, writes that through updated heart failure definitions and clinical criteria, coders and CDI teams now have help to ensure that congestive heart failure is properly documented and denials are avoided.
Hospitals often put significant thought, time, and energy into hiring new team members, and while coding and CDI managers can have the best possible staff, if they don’t feel appreciated, the odds of them staying with the company long term are low.
Howard Rodenberg, MD, MPH, CCDS, writes that it only takes one or two inappropriate queries to a provider for the process to seem burdensome to them. To avoid this scenario, Rodenberg proposes three questions to consider once you’ve decided a query is in order.
In this article, we will take a closer look at clinical indicators for acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, and arrythmias. Frequently reviewing clinical indicators for complicated diagnoses such as these will ensure both proper ICD-10-CM reporting and reimbursement.
You may wonder why an article about the coding of Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs) in the outpatient wound care setting is appearing in an inpatient periodical. When I first approached this topic, I focused on the outpatient wound care setting. But the more I thought about it, I realized this topic is pertinent for inpatient coders.
Documentation is an integral part of a patient’s healthcare encounter. Improper or imprecise documentation may create an inaccurate picture of what truly occurred during a patient’s hospital stay or outpatient visit. How do CDI and inpatient professionals capture the most accurate picture possible? The answer may lie in solving a more complex question: How do we encourage and expand critical thinking?
It’s not unusual for CDI and inpatient coding teams to cite physician education and engagement as one of their top struggles in the field. In this article, read how the CDI team at Avera Health System turned to their query data to craft a focused education program and meet their physicians on the same page.
Alba Kuqi, MD, CICA, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CRCR, CSMC, MSHIM, RHIA, writes that CDI professionals and inpatient coders need to pay attention to the definitions and clinical indicators of acute kidney injury (AKI) to ensure proper ICD-10-CM reporting and reimbursement.