With all the hoopla over sepsis, pressure ulcers, and diabetes coding, there’s a little gem of coding advice that has been overlooked since ICD-10 was released: pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP , writes about these changes and helps to decipher the new guideline changes. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register for the free content if you do not have a paid subscription.
This October celebrates the eight month anniversary of the February release of the controversial third international consensus definitions for sepsis and septic shock. James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP , tackles this new sepsis definition in part one of his two-part series.
The new ICD-10-CM codes activated October 1 affect nearly every section of the manual. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC, CDIP, writes about codes that impact genitourinary and gynecological diagnoses with tips for reporting them accurately.
Facilities may not yet be using clinical documentation improvement staff to review outpatient records, but the increasing number of value-based payment models and Medicare Advantage patients could make the practice worthwhile, according to Angela Carmichael, MBA, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, CRC, and Lena Lizberg, BSN.
E/M reporting remains challenging for coders and an area of scrutiny for auditors. These challenges can be amplified in the ED, but coders can reduce confusion by reviewing rules for reporting critical care and other components.