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Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, writes about how understanding the different forms of viral hepatitis and alcoholic hepatitis, as well as their effects on the liver, help to clarify coding assignment. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, helps coders and CDI specialists process important aspects of Coding Clinic’s First Quarter 2017 guidance such as the sequencing of pneumonia in the setting of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Joel Moorhead, MD, PhD, CPC , explains that a patient with an atypical presentation, by definition, may have the disease but might not meet typical criteria for diagnosis; thus, the patient needs to be at the center of clinical validation.
Ghazal Irfan, RHIA, writes that it’s pivotal that coders have a thorough and in-depth understanding of complex surgeries such as excisional debridements, along with comprehensive knowledge of relevant Coding Clinics and guidelines.
With new data feeding into DRGs, facilities can finally start to see the impact of coders reporting new ICD-10 specificity and if cases are going to the same DRG groups that they did in ICD-9-CM. One MS-DRG group falling into question this year is for acute ischemic stroke with use of thrombolytic agent. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Q: We are currently coding a chart for an acute kidney injury which has the baseline serum creatinine and urine output missing from the chart. Is there something we can do before we have to query the physician?