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James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, writes that while you might have thought you’ve finally mastered coding compliance with DRGs and quality measures, now it is time to learn the compliance risks and opportunities with a new risk-adjustment method: Hierarchical Condition Categories.
Daniel E. Catalano, MD, FACOG, says that from the CDI perspective, the ability to communicate pediatric severity of illness is complicated by the fact that pediatricians have a lexicon that is not well captured in ICD-10-CM. This, he writes, is especially true for pediatric cardiology.
Q: At my institution, all of our congestive heart failure exacerbations get at least one chest x-ray. Is that enough “diagnostic testing” to code the secondary condition in accordance to Coding Clinic ?
Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA, CHPS , explains that as a coding manager, whether your inpatient team is on-site, off-site, or remote, creating the appropriate environment and selecting proper locations are key to any successful team. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
In June, CMS released the 2018 ICD-10-PCS Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting which include various revisions from the 2017 guidelines. These changes come on the heels of the 2018 IPPS proposed rule and recently released ICD-10-PCS codes.
Q: I can't distinguish between "code first" and "in diseases classified elsewhere.” Both are used with manifestations and both can't be sequenced as principal diagnosis and both need etiology codes, so what is the difference?
Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CPC, CCS-P, CEMC , takes a look at scleroderma diagnoses and helps coders to breakdown the disease components and treatment to better identify it in documentation and improve coding. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Laura Legg, RHIT, CCS, CDIP, writes that coders will benefit from digging deeper into the meanings of the new fiscal year 2018 ICD-10-PCS cardiovascular code descriptions to be able to fully comprehend and use them.