Laurie L. Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP , writes that as many CDI teams work to expand their risk adjustment programs, a melding of two skill sets, that of CDI specialists and coding professionals, are required to succeed.
Q: I am with a CDI program that is starting to explore severity of illness/risk of mortality (SOI/ROM). I personally have been reviewing for SOI/ROM for quite a while. I usually designate the impact (MCC/CC/SOI/ROM) after the billing is done and see if what I queried for made a final impact, and only take credit for those that do. I was told that regardless of the actual final impact on SOI/ROM, we should be taking credit for any SOI/ROM clarification as SOI/ROM impact. Which is the most accurate, “correct” way to capture the CDI impact for these types of clarifications?
After an almost five-month deferment, the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organizations resumed initial patient status reviews of short stays in acute care inpatient hospitals, long-term care hospitals, and inpatient psychiatric facilities, CMS announced on their website.
Updated ICD-10-CM guidelines, effective October 1, could cause confusion for some coders. Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, looks at how changes to reporting linking conditions measure up to previous guidance.
Coders may not be aware of the impact place of service codes can have on coding and billing. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC, CDIP, writes about how the codes are used and what coders should know about their application.
Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, reviews additional changes to the ICD-10-CM guidelines for 2017, including coding and clinical criteria, new guidelines for Excludes1 notes, and updates for reporting pressure ulcers.