The amount of energy it takes to stay up-to-date on all the relevant payment and coding updates can be overwhelming, and one relatively new solution to this conundrum is the addition of a CDI educator—an individual dedicated to the educational needs of the CDI team and, in some cases, even physicians.
CMS recently released the 2018 IPPS final rule, which featured 2,916 of its now-annual ICD-10-PCS code additions, deletions, and revisions. This article reviews changes to ICD-10-PCS codes including the addition of short-term device characters and various table updates. 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, CCDS, CDIP, details how Coding Clinic , Second Quarter 2017, did not disappoint in addressing clinical issues affecting those in coding compliance and instructing how to properly use the ICD-10-CM Index and Table .
CMS recently released the 2018 IPPS final rule, with updates to various quality initiatives, annual payment updates for inpatient services, and an extensive amount of now-annual ICD-10-PCS code additions, deletions, and revisions. This article reviews guideline updates, the addition of “other devices” characters, and new tables added for root operation Replacement. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
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.
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.
Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CCDS , writes about congestive heart failure and covers symptoms, coding best practices, and treatment for the disease using new ICD-10 for 2018.
Julia Hammerman, RHIA, CPHQ , and Sam Champagnie , explain how the newness and specificity of ICD-10 ushered in a stronger focus on clinical coding audits and how coding audit best practices shifted following implementation.
In Major Diagnostic Category 1, Diseases and Disorders of the Nervous System, which covers MS-DRGs 020-103, CMS made changes to the classification of the diagnoses of functional quadriplegia and precerebral occlusion or transient ischemic attack with the use of a thrombolytic, as well as for the insertion of a responsive neurostimulator system. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Crystal Stalter, CDIP, CCS-P, CPC, writes that with the release of the 2018 IPPS final rule, hospitals around the country are poring over it to see what impact the changes might bring to their case-mix index, quality initiatives, and overall reimbursement. In the midst of this are coders and CDI specialists who need to be kept abreast of these changes.
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, says that with the news codes available October 1, coders will face significant changes in documentation and coding practices. He discusses some of the additional new codes, including type 2 diabetes mellitus with ketoacidosis and pulmonary hypertension.
Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CPC, CCS-P, CEMC , reviews coding guidelines, signs, and symptoms of gastroparesis and helps coders avoid tricky guidance that can lead to reporting errors. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
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.
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.