One of the reasons that we all read Briefings in Coding Compliance Strategies is to maintain our competence and quality in coding and risk-adjustment principles as to anticipate how recovery auditors and accountability agents view our coded data. While a good compliance officer and attorney knows the law, the better one knows the law, the judge, and the jury.
You may be thinking that you’ve never heard of scleroderma. As a coder, we know to look at these big fancy words and break them down by their root words in order to get a clue of what we’re talking about.
CDI professionals recognize the effect comprehensive CDI programs have on both payment and profiling outcomes in all healthcare settings. As a result, many organizations are forging ahead to apply CDI beyond the walls of the traditional acute care setting.
Now that the fiscal year 2018 ICD-10-CM/PCS codes have been released , let’s consider some of the compliance pitfalls, booby traps, and opportunities that await coders when these new codes are implemented on October 1.
The Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) finally went into effect after a bumpy start. The MOON was originally set to go into effect August 2016, but the draft version was only released for comment at the beginning of that month.
Starting October 1, the new and revised ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes go into effect along with proposed DRG changes. Coders will benefit from digging deeper into the meanings of the new cardiovascular code descriptions to be able to fully understand and use them.
Coding Clinic , Second Quarter 2017, which became effective May 17, did not disappoint in addressing clinical issues affecting us in coding compliance and instructing us in how to properly use the ICD-10-CM Index and Table. Let’s review several of Coding Clinic’s changes.