In today’s ever-changing healthcare landscape, emphasis is shifting away from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance, from volume-based care to value-based reimbursement, and from case-mix index to outcome measures.
The selection of the principal diagnosis is one of the most important steps when coding an inpatient record. The diagnosis reflects the reason the patient sought medical care, and the principal diagnosis can drive reimbursement.
Clinical validation denials (CVD) result from a review by a clinician, such as a registered nurse, contractor medical director, or therapist, who concludes retrospectively that a patient was not really afflicted by a condition that was documented in the medical record and coded by the coder.
The 2017 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting brought many changes and updates for coders, and present-on-admission (POA) reporting was not excluded. Completely understanding POA guidelines is necessary for any inpatient coder.
In promoting ICD-10-CM coding integrity and compliance, cerebrovascular disease represents one of the greatest challenges for providers and coders alike. It seems that clinicians, ICD-10-CM, and risk-adjusters (those who create the DRG system), do not sing the same tune.
Optimal ICD-10 accuracy cannot be achieved by simply looking up a code in an encoder or book. Knowing the rationale for what you are coding, why you are applying one code versus another, and having the knowledge base to correctly apply the 2017 Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting are the ingredients necessary for accurate clinical coding.
One of my favorite sayings when teaching clinical documentation integrity, as well as coding, is that a good lawyer knows the law, but a better lawyer knows the law, the judge, and the jury. In learning the judge and the jury, one of my favorite references is the Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter , an official CMS publication written in plain language that serves as a summary of how Medicare and its contractors interpret the Medicare rules, regulations, and policy statements.
All coders know that working with providers is not always a positive experience. It can be tough providing them education or getting responses from queries. Conversely, providers are busy and typically do not like anything to do with coding. When they hear coding they often take that to mean more work on their part.