Candace Blankenship, BSN, RN, CCDS, details the scoring weight of the new ICD-10-CM heart failure codes and looks at potential reimbursement discrepancies as none of the new heart failure codes have been assigned to a CC/MCC.
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, writes that in order to comply with CMS’ ever-changing metrics, it’s important for physicians to learn new techniques for better documentation so that ICD-10-CM/PCS codes can be reported more completely.
In advance of ICD-10-CM/PCS, many institutions implemented computer-assisted coding (CAC) hoping to mitigate anticipated productivity losses. Erica E. Remer, MD, FACEP, CCDS, highlights some of the pitfalls of CAC and provides techniques to improve accuracy. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer . Exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun without protection can cause skin cancer. UV rays can come from other sources as well, such as tanning beds and sun lamps. The number of skin cancer diagnoses has increased in the past few years.
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, writes that now that the fiscal year 2018 IPPS final rule and the 2018 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting have been released, it’s important to review MS-DRG dynamics that warrant consideration in documentation and coding compliance.
Yes, I’ll admit it: I used to be one of those people. Before finding a great fit on a CDI dream team, I worked as a medical review examiner for a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). During that time, I reviewed Part A claims for inpatient stays, therapy reviews, medications, and Recovery Auditor (RA) appeals—to name a few. Not only did I gain experience working with Medicare hospital claims, but I also got to see a little bit of how different facilities approach their denials.
Cheryl Manchenton, RN, BSN, says that to achieve accurate quality rankings and value-based payments, efforts must extend far beyond coding and CDI to include clinical providers, quality specialists, and other healthcare professionals—and everyone must collaborate to achieve positive results.
The newness and specificity of ICD-10 has ushered in a stronger focus on clinical coding audits. From internal reviews to external inpatient coding audits, healthcare organizations nationwide are revisiting tried-and-true audit practices with ICD-10 coding quality in mind.
Crystal Stalter, CDIP, CCS-P, CPC, writes about the benefits of creating best practices at your facility and how they help avoid time lost and unnecessary delays in payment. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CCDS, CDIP , deciphers the new information given for functional quadriplegia, marasmus, kwashiorkor, and palliative care found in the various fiscal year 2018 ICD-10-CM guidance updates.
Allen Frady, RN-BSN, CCDS, CCS, CRC, answers questions about the fiscal year 2018 IPPS final rule’s updates, additions, and deletions in hopes to help guide coders and clinical documentation improvement specialists through the implementation.
In 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. In this article, Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS , details best practices when assigning ICD-10-CM/PCS codes for breast cancer diagnoses and procedures. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Mortality reviews pose a special challenge—not only does the CDI specialist need to know the ins and outs of severity of illness and risk of mortality, but the cases themselves are typically more complicated than an average hospital stay, making these essential reviews even more complex.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of heart arrhythmia in the U.S. Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP , writes that an understanding of ICD-10-CM coding and sequencing for this condition is key, but coders still need to navigate ICD-10-PCS codes to capture the surgical services performed at the facility. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Now that the fiscal year 2018 ICD-10-CM/PCS codes have been implemented , James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CCDS, CDIP , reviews some of the compliance pitfalls that coders may encounter for diagnoses including Type 2 myocardial infarction, the pediatric Glasgow Coma Scale, and right heart failure.
In August, CMS released the fiscal year (FY) 2018 IPPS final rule which featured updates to various quality initiatives, annual payment updates for inpatient services, and an extensive amount of now-annual ICD-10-PCS code additions, deletions, and revisions.
Now that the fiscal year (FY) 2018 IPPS Final Rule , the 2018 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting , and Coding Clinic , Third Quarter 2017, have been released, let’s continue to process some interesting dynamics that warrant our consideration in documentation and coding compliance.
If you have never participated in the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance proceedings, I highly suggest that you make it a goal for the future. I feel very maternal about some of the changes in ICD-10-CM which will be implemented October 1 because I participated in the formative meeting.
Appeal writing, like most things in a hospital, is a learned skill. Keeping things simple, both in terms of the arguments constructed and the language used in the letters themselves, will prevent you from creating horrific monstrosities out of minor gremlins.