Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, discusses the reporting of alcoholism, its key documentation details, and its effect on MS-DRGs in ICD-10. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Query practices have changed a lot over the years. With so many shifts, coders and clinical documentation specialists may need to take a step back and take stock of the changes they’ve worked through, reassessing current practices against industry recommendations and shoring up policies to prevent well-known pitfalls.
A benefit of the switch to ICD-10-CM is the ability to be as specific as possible about a patient’s condition, but the downside of this is that it can make coding fractures time-consuming and confusing. Knowledge of bone anatomy and how fracture codes work is therefore an invaluable asset in fracture coding.
Accurate clinical documentation is the bedrock of the legal medical record, billing, and coding. It is also the most complex and vulnerable part of revenue cycle because independent providers must document according to intricate and sometimes vague rules.