Traditionally, the OPPS rulemaking cycle has been the main vehicle for changes to outpatient coding and billing regulations and policy that hospitals need to pay attention to. But Jugna Shah, MPH , writes that, increasingly, CMS has been introducing or discussing changes relevant to outpatient hospitals beyond the scope of the OPPS rules.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All of us in ICD-10-CM/PCS coding compliance are facing a tsunami of denials from payers, Recovery Auditors, and Medicare quality improvement organizations. This is due to the auditors’ removal of ICD-10-CM codes based on provider documentation; auditors can perceive that a patient did not have clinical indicators supporting the presence of the documented condition.
One of the primary difficulties in achieving uniformity of code assignment is that, in some circumstances, selecting the principal diagnosis is believed to be up to the individual coder or CDI specialist. Let’s take a closer look at the 2017 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting to understand whether this is really the case.
Alcohol, as a legal substance for those 21 and older, is commonly seen as more benign than illicit drugs such as heroin and cocaine. However, alcohol can also physically harm the body in many ways. In ICD-10-CM, the categories related to alcohol fall under category F10.- (alcohol-related disorders).
Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) specialists, in theory, bridge the gap between physicians and coders. However, CDI and coding teams are often educated separately and work apart from each other.
CMS released the fiscal year 2018 IPPS proposed rule April 14, and with it came a bevy of new potential ICD-10-CM codes. Explore the new additions to the ophthalmologic, non-pressure chronic ulcer, maternity and external cause codes ahead of implementation October 1.
Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM/PCS , First Quarter 2017, which became effective March 15, provides interesting perspectives that may be useful in our deliberations with payers or Recovery Auditors. Let’s process some of its guidance.
Ghazal Irfan, RHIA, writes about healthcare’s shift from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance, volume-based care to value-based reimbursement, and case-mix index to outcome measures, and how your facility can achieve compliant coding practices among these changes.
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.
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.
Providers often document “global developmental delay” in pediatric charts. The phrase is used to describe when a child takes longer to reach certain development milestones than other children the same age, such as walking or talking. Children with conditions such as Down syndrome or cerebral palsy may also have a global developmental delay.
Queries are definitely not what they used to be. When I first started as a CDI specialist, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, the query process was a muddy exercise in creative writing. CDI specialists wrote all kinds of crazy things in order to get physicians to answer a query. Then in 2001 came the first AHIMA practice brief, “Developing a Physician Query Process,” which gave order and standards to the query process.