The mechanics of the concurrent coding process can cause headaches for both CDI and coding professionals. Plus, one could argue that CDI’s presence itself limits the number of necessary post-discharge clarifications without the process of concurrent inpatient coding. This article reviews ways that CDI programs can get involved with this process and work collaboratively with coders.
Even on a small scale, the implementation of an outpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program can be overwhelming. Review advice from CDI specialists on developing successful outpatient CDI programs that facilitate accurate coding and billing.
Data in CDI reports should demonstrate the depth of work performed as well as productivity elements. I want to share my experience of personalizing data fields in our CDI software to fully demonstrate our CDI team’s impact beyond moving the MS-DRG.
Trey La Charité, MD, FACP, SFHM, CCS, CCDS, writes that by reviewing common electronic health record (EHR) challenges, a CDI program can formulate appropriate mitigation strategies to minimize potential negatives of the system.
Like it or not, provider documentation is the foundation for everything done in medicine. Without it, nothing is accomplished. As healthcare reform progresses (and hospital reimbursement shrinks), the need for excellent provider documentation only increases.
Coding and documentation teams can replicate an organization’s overall denial avoidance and management program by scaling it to the scope of denials for which they are responsible. Lynette Kramer, MA, RHIA , outlines a four-step process that coding teams can use to monitor claim data and establish accountability for denials.
Cheryl Manchenton, RN, BSN, CCDS , details the recent updates to patient safety indicator (PSI) 90 and says that these changes are the reason why it’s more important than ever to ensure that PSI metrics are complete and accurate.
Chris Simons, MS, RHIA , outlines tasks that generally fall within the CDI department’s realm and writes that to ensure that inpatient CDI specialists can thoroughly complete these tasks, they must have strong clinical skills and a working knowledge of ICD-10-CM and MS-DRG assignment. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Cesar M. Limjoco, MD, writes that although different literature has become available on principal diagnosis selection through the years, questions and disputes keep popping up. In this article, he revisits the issue and provides additional insight to code selection for conditions such as acute respiratory failure and congestive heart failure.
William E. Haik, MD, FCCP, CDIP, writes that complex pneumonias can segregate to a higher-weighted MS-DRG than other pneumonia types, so reviewing clinical elements with your physician staff may help improve documentation and avoid adverse determinations by external reviewers for these conditions.
Cathy Farraher, RN, BSN, MBA, CCCM, CCDS , details the basics of the All Patient Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (APR-DRG), the system developed to allow for a more specific analysis of outcomes in the non-Medicare population, and shows coders and CDI teams how to better capture quality metrics through documentation.
Working remotely can be either totally fulfilling or a bit difficult. If you’re a people person, you will miss the camaraderie of working in the hospital setting, the ability to problem solve by bouncing ideas off your coworkers, the gossip, and the potlucks. On the other hand, if you’re organized and self-motivated enough, enjoy peace and quiet, and prefer wearing your pajamas to work, remote might be right up your alley.
Amy Sanderson, MD, says that the term “dysphagia” has many synonyms used by providers in medical documentation. However, not all of these symptoms are able to describe the diagnosis with enough specificity so that it can be translated into its corresponding code assignment.
Emergency departments (ED) at designated trauma centers encounter some of the most complex patients—and with them, a complicated documentation web that’s difficult for even the most experienced CDI specialists and coders to untangle.
In many cases, knowing when to query is simple, but the more challenging cases contain clues that require additional interpretation. Drew Siegel, MD, CCDS, takes a look at a few of the more interesting and often undocumented diagnoses, including respiratory failure and acute kidney injury, and points out the diagnostic clues to form a compliant query.
Just like their inpatient acute care counterparts, inpatient psychiatric facilities use ICD-10-CM codes, but their payment structure, documentation requirements, prevalent clinical conditions, and additional documentation requirements needing capture are vastly different.
When planning to implement a coding auditing program, the type of reviews, focus areas, and review frequency must all be taken into consideration. Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA/CGMA, FACHE, FHFMA, CHPS , details how to conduct an effective coding audit and ensure compliance with documentation requirements.
Allen Frady, RN-BSN, CCDS, CCS, CRC, writes about guidance related to documenting acute respiratory insufficiency and gives tips to coders and CDI teams on what to do when the conditions are over-documented postoperatively.
Coders and clinical documentation improvement specialists play a key role in the success of quality payment programs such as MIPS. This article describes the financial impact that hierarchical condition category coding has on provider reimbursement and the coder’s role in ensuring complete, accurate, and timely documentation. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Telehealth services continue to expand and claims for these services may already be under scrutiny by Medicare contractors. Debbie Mackaman, RHIA, CPCO, CCDS, writes about the differences between originating site and distant site services in addition to coding, billing, and reimbursement for telehealth services.
Laurie L. Prescott, RN, MSN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, writes that even though CDI specialists are not coders, it’s important to learn the rules and guidelines that coders follow. CDI teams need to reference guidance and guidelines in their daily work to ensure documentation is clear, concise, and supportive of accurate code assignment true to the patient’s story.
Paul Evans, RHIA, CCDS, CCS, CCS-P, tackles the various characteristics of creating a query and says that while all portions of any program, such as education and metrics, are important, the proper formulation of a query represents the most important task for a CDI professional.
Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CCDS , writes about discussions at the 2017 AMA CPT Symposium that could impact coders, including issues with the Table of Risk for E/M office visit codes and suggestions for E/M guideline revisions. This article is part two in a series.
Emergency departments at designated trauma centers encounter some of the most complex patients—and with them, a complicated documentation web that’s difficult to untangle, making trauma case review essential for hospitals.
In recent years, numerous pieces of legislation have been passed to limit healthcare spending, combat losses due to fraud, and ensure that dollars are being spent on quality care. Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP , describes different watchdog programs created to promote billing compliance and quality of care.
In this article, Valerie A. Rinkle, MPA, offers guidance regarding the 340B drug discount program. She provides tips for accurate documentation of drug purchases and reviews frequently asked questions about billing for 340B-acquired drugs in 2018.
The improper payment rate for hospital outpatient services was 5.4%, accounting for 7.5% of the Medicare Fee-For-Service improper payment rate, according to 2016 Medicare Fee-for-Service Improper Payments Report.
When faced with a claim denial, providers need to understand what is being denied and when an appeal is appropriate. This article outlines basic steps providers need to take before composing an appeal for a claim denial and helpful tips for successfully navigating through the appeals process.
Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, reviews the most recent Coding Clinic guidance, which touches on common coding conundrums from subjects such as clostridium difficile, diabetes with ketoacidosis, myocardial infarction, pulmonary hypertension, and more.
More and more, hospitals are experiencing a shift of services from inpatient to outpatient settings. In this article, Laura Jacquin, RN, MBA , describes common challenges healthcare workers face when providing comprehensive documentation for services across the care continuum.
Patient care continues to move from the inpatient setting to outpatient. With this change, the challenge of securing comprehensive documentation that articulates the services rendered and the patient care provided now needs to extend across the care continuum.
A Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) study showed insufficient documentation causes most improper payments for arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs, according to the October 2017 Medicare Quarterly Compliance Newsletter .
Documentation is crucial for the development of data reflecting the healthcare needs of domestic violence victims. Yvette DeVay, MHA, CPMA, CPC, CIC, CPC-I , explains how to properly screen for and code incidents of domestic violence.
The new ICD-10-CM codes for FY 2018, effective October 1, represent significant changes in some hospital documentation and coding practices. James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS , reviews some of the most significant revisions to the ICD-10-CM guidelines for 2018.
Compliance is more than just abiding by coding guidelines and payer policy. Coding professionals must become familiar with ethical standards and federal regulations to avoid facing denials or federal penalties. 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.
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.