Joe Rivet, JD, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, CICA, CPMA, CAC, CACO, explains that reporting sepsis has long been a challenge for many coders even with the continual release of Coding Clinics and guideline revisions. In this article, Rivet reviews common coding traps for this condition including reporting urosepsis, severe sepsis, and sepsis on admission.
CMS recently released an MLN Matters article to inform hospitals and Medicare Administrator Contractors of new system changes, effective July 1, that ensure organ acquisition costs are not included in the IPPS payment calculation for claims that group to a non-transplant MS-DRG.
CDI professionals can improve documentation and data scores via a mortality review process. This article discusses the various types of mortality reviews and publicly reported data and gives tips on how to implement a successful mortality review process.
Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, reviews ICD-10-CM/PCS cardiac coding for American Heart Month and writes that since accurate coding improves data quality for these conditions, which in turn is used for statistics and tracking trends, ensuring the disease process is captured correctly is imperative. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Arthroscopic procedures allow surgeons to use minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques to treat conditions which previously required more intensive, open surgery. Learn about orthopedic anatomy and terminology and CPT guidelines for reporting arthroscopic hip and knee procedures. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Q: A physician performs a hemiarthroplasty for a hip fracture. Would this procedure be reported with CPT code 27125 (hemiarthroplasty, hip, partial [e.g., femoral stem prosthesis, bipolar arthroplasty])?
The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued court-ordered briefs in which each defends its respective position in a federal 340B payment lawsuit. The case was brought against HHS by multiple hospital groups to reverse Medicare payment cuts for drugs purchased through CMS' 340B drug discount program.
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, HCS-D, reviews Coding Clinic , Fourth Quarter 2018, advice surrounding body mass index reporting and how new advice conflicts with previous guidance. McCall also reviews payment methodologies and the official guideline updates for this condition. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Using financial penalties to reduce hospital readmissions has been linked to a significant rise in post-discharge mortality for patients with heart failure and pneumonia, according to a recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Denise Wilson, RN, MS, RRT, and Karla Hiravi, RN, BSN, explore why coding and clinical denials for acute kidney injury (AKI) and acute tubular necrosis (ATN) are different and the importance of different appeal strategies.
Q: What is the difference between ICD-10-CM code I24.8 (other forms of acute ischemic heart disease) and code I21.A1 (myocardial infarction type 2)? In which situation would each of these codes be reported?
Julian Everett, BSN, RN, CDIP, details her experience reviewing pediatric mortality cases for the first time and gives tips on how the different revenue cycle departments can work together to improve their processes and outcomes.
Rules governing code assignment often don’t make sense to those coming from the clinical side, such as CDI. In truth, they often confound professionals with years of inpatient coding experience, too. And most CDI and coding professionals have a list of frustrations when it comes to translating clinical documentation into ICD-10 codes.Rules governing code assignment often don’t make sense to those coming from the clinical side, such as CDI. In truth, they often confound professionals with years of inpatient coding experience, too. And most CDI and coding professionals have a list of frustrations when it comes to translating clinical documentation into ICD-10 codes. Rules governing code assignment often don’t make sense to those coming from the clinical side, such as CDI. In truth, they often confound professionals with years of inpatient coding experience, too. And most CDI and coding professionals have a list of frustrations when it comes to translating clinical documentation into ICD-10 codes.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, with symptoms that include problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and its symptoms is important to coders, as some of the entries in the ICD-10-CM Alphabetic Index can be confusing.
Training new inpatient coders and CDI staff is a big job that often takes several months to conclude, but the end of orientation doesn’t mean that staff members never have to undergo education ever again. As most are keenly aware, the ground is always moving under our feet. From new regulations, to coding guideline changes, to new clinical definitions, education never truly ends.
In the current healthcare climate the issue of medical necessity documentation, or lack thereof, is one of the most common reasons for claim denials. Review medical necessity guidance from CMS and learn how to prevent repeated denials due to improper documentation of medical necessity. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
CMS has downgraded the supervision requirements for services performed by radiologist assistants working in medical practices, imaging centers, and radiology offices. Read about these 2019 changes to ensure accurate documentation and reporting for radiology services.
The beginning of a new year typically brings new resolutions to deal with weight-related issues. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, RHIA, HCISPP , writes about ICD-10-CM coding for common weight-related diagnoses such as obesity and anorexia, and CPT coding for interventions used to treat them.
Q: Can you bill CPT codes 76981 (ultrasound, elastography; parenchyma [e.g., organ]) and 76982 (ultrasound, elastography; first target lesion) at the same time as CPT codes for liver and breast ultrasounds?
This article reviews HCPro’s 2018 coding productivity survey and reviews data on factors that have affected coder productivity, remote coders, and collaboration between coders and CDI specialists, including charts coded per hour and coding accuracy standards.
Average hospital costs and mortality rates are significantly higher for patients diagnosed with sepsis after hospital admission when compared with patients diagnosed prior to admission, according to a retrospective analysis recently published in Critical Care Medicine.
Adriane Martin, DO, FACOS, CCDS, reviews Coding Clinic’s Third and Fourth Quarter 2018 advice including reporting for coronary artery bypass grafting, drainage of an abscess in the submandibular space, and diabetes. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
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.
Q: I would like to add encephalopathy due to urinary tract infection to our quick coding tips, but our CDI specialists disagree on how this condition should be coded and want us to query for metabolic encephalopathy. How should this condition ultimately be reported?
It is evident with the complexity of this diagnosis (and the complexity of updated criteria) that even the most seasoned inpatient coder should review malnutrition coding guidelines and criteria frequently to ensure compliant reporting.
Findings show that pathologist involvement in the review and verification of CPT codes may reduce the need for code modifications at the time of sign-out auditing, according to the recent study published in the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , reviews common CPT and ICD-10-CM coding and documentation errors, such as unbundling, inappropriate modifier usage, and missing information, to help coders reduce their risk from audits.
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.
The ICD-10-CM Manual was recently updated with new codes for peritonitis in association with acute appendicitis and the CPT Manual now includes new codes for gastrostomy tube replacements. Familiarize yourself with these changes to ensure accurate reporting of digestive diagnoses and treatments. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The brain is the most complex component of the central nervous system, consisting of approximately 100 billion neurons that communicate via an exponentially larger number of synapses. Individual areas of the brain have specialized functions that work in conjunction and regulate voluntary and involuntary body functions.
Assigning the appropriate ICD-10-PCS code for spinal procedures can be a challenge for inpatient coders as they need to correctly identify each character of the seven-character code. In this article, Nena Scott, MSEd, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CCDS , offers coding tips for reporting spinal surgery cases in ICD-10-PCS and examines the correct use of each character. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Adriane Martin, DO, FACOS, CCDS, writes that with the complexity of malnutrition—and the complexity of updated criteria—even the most seasoned inpatient coder should review ICD-10-CM malnutrition coding guidelines and criteria frequently to ensure compliant reporting.
CMS recently made several updates in its latest version of its Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) list, including revisions to the mental health and chronic kidney disease categories. And, while HCCs may not be a common review focus for inpatient coders and CDI professionals, capturing HCCs for these conditions is paramount for accurate reporting and reimbursement.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has been conducting a series of studies about adverse events in various healthcare settings since 2008 and will be publishing more of its corresponding reports throughout 2019, the OIG said in a statement.
Q: A physician documented that a pregnant patient is obese, and the patient’s chart has a listed body mass index (BMI) score. Can we assign an ICD-10-CM BMI code in this instance or should this never be done for an obstetrics patient?
The 2019 CPT code update includes 19 code additions and three revisions to the cardiovascular section of the CPT Manual. These changes reflect advances in surgical treatment for cardiovascular conditions such as heart failure and aortic stenosis.
Establishing an outpatient CDI program can have substantial benefits. Recently, an outpatient CDI review project demonstrated there were many documentation improvement opportunities at a large family practice/internal medicine physician clinic.
The original DRG system aimed to categorize similar patients with theoretically similar treatments and charges based on the patient’s principal diagnosis and up to eight secondary diagnoses. As time has gone by this system has expanded and become more complicated, making it essential for inpatient coders to understand to ensure accurate reporting and facility reimbursement.
Sepsis has been notoriously hard to report in ICD-10-CM, which means coders should not only fully understand coding guidance and guidelines for sepsis, but they should also have a thorough knowledge of its clinical aspects as well. Cesar M. Limjoco, MD , breaks down these clinical aspects and sheds light on the various sepsis definitions coders have encountered over the years.