An insider’s look at coding Alzheimer’s and its associated symptoms.EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an edited transcript of Laurie Johnson’s recent appearance on Talk Ten Tuesdays.The late President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983 in order to help fight the dreaded condition. As Baby…
Eight key guidelines for ensuring proper coding. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a summary of a presentation by Margaret Skurka during the 2017 American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) national convention in Los Angeles. Evaluation and management (E&M) documentation principles have been around a long time – since 1995, in…
Quality of clinical documentation and ICD-10 diagnosis code accuracy and specificity are essential under MACRA.My presentation at the 2017 American Health Information Management (AHIMA) convention stressed the need for understanding a basic overview of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and its performance categories. These performance categories and…
A CDIS recently posed a question that baffled – to say the least. In my consulting practice, I often review provider documentation to identify documentation gaps and to direct my educational efforts. I also get a significant amount of information about the state of the facility’s clinical documentation integrity process.…
CDI seen as a key solution to meeting regulatory policy changes.One thing is inevitable this time of year for all of us in healthcare: change is in the air. You either thrive amid it or hide, but even those best at hiding ultimately cannot escape. The question I often ponder…
Complexity of medical decision-making is key, but you can’t bill for something you didn’t do.This article was prompted by a Talk Ten Tuesdays listener’s question regarding his personal experience with the healthcare profession. He was evaluated in an emergency department (ED), never examined, but discovered a complete physical examination in…
Amid the chaos of the ED, order is needed.EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final installment in a two-part series on clinical documentation integrity (CDI) in the emergency department (ED).It is my opinion that investing CDI resources into the neglected stepchild that is the hospital system ED is a worthwhile endeavor.…
The mass shooting in Las Vegas has prompted renewed attention on emergency medicine and trauma care and especially on the clinical documentation of care in this setting. I practiced emergency medicine (EM) for twenty-five years before I transitioned to being a physician advisor. My expertise had been in the professional…
A comprehensive look at how clinical documentation improvement and the actual practice of medicine overlap.There are a multitude of business and ancillary healthcare processes that serve to support the practice of medicine. That practice centers on direct patient care, facilitated and dependent upon specific synergistic processes that contribute to cost-effective,…
Hospital CDI managers always look for process improvement. Essentia Health’s outpatient CDI operation provides a practical case study. EDITOR’S NOTE: This the final installment in a two-part series on the clinical documentation integrity department at Essentia Health, a health system that serves Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Idaho.Becker’s Hospital Review…