New billable CPT® codes for monitoring patients who are taking blood-thinning medications. In 2018, CPT® deleted codes 99363 and 99364 and replaced them with codes 93792 and 93793. There are two important things to know about coding for international normalized ratio (INR) monitoring, also known as a “protime check” (PT).…
A Pittsburgh-based MD weighs in on an emerging area of focus in the healthcare industry. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following are remarks made by the author during a recent broadcast of Talk Ten Tuesdays. Today I would like to focus on outpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI), often referred to as the…
There is a definite need for outpatient CDI programs – provided that hospital administration takes the right approach to its development and implementation. Interest in outpatient clinical documentation integrity (CDI) programs is multiplying as more and more hospital services are moving to the outpatient setting and healthcare reimbursement models are…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the third and final installment in a three-part series by Dr. Remer on outpatient clinical documentation integrity.In the first two parts of this series, we talked about risk adjustment in general, the shift to population health management, and how quality metrics and reimbursement are linked…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the second installment in a three-part series on outpatient clinical documentation integrity.In Part 1 of this series, we detailed the concept of risk adjustment and how historically, the healthcare industry rewarded volume under the fee-for-service (FFS) model. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following a part of a series on outpatient clinical documentation integrity (CDI). Part IV was published on May 16, 2017 in the ICD10monitor e-News.The medical record serves primarily as a physician’s communication tool for patients and all associated healthcare stakeholders. The effectiveness and completeness of the documentation…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is part one in a three-part series on outpatient clinical documentation integrity.There is a great push within the healthcare industry to move clinical documentation integrity (CDI) into the outpatient arena. People refer to this as “outpatient CDI,” but I think this is a misnomer. If you…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is part of a series on outpatient clinical documentation integrity (CDI). Part III was published on May 9, 2017 in the ICD10monitor eNews.Outpatient CDI specialists must first and foremost exhibit the mindset and display characteristics of a businessperson. This individual should be capable of identifying, developing,…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following a part of a series on outpatient clinical documentation integrity (CDI). Part II was published on April 25, 2017 in the ICD10monitor eNews.Critical to the successful rollout of an outpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program is the selection and hiring of employees to staff the program.…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following a part of a series on outpatient clinical documentation integrity (CDI). Part I was published on April 11, 2017 in the ICD10monitor eNews.The first article of this series provided an overview, identifying and singling out key shortcomings and pitfalls of current programs. This article will focus…
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