It’s a move sure to stir up controversy.  Under a recently passed Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Final Rule, your Medicare enrollments will be judged not necessarily on your performance but based on your affiliations with other providers and suppliers. Yes, you read that right: “other providers and…
To link, or not to link: that is the question for physician documentation Since the adoption of the ICD-10 code set, clinical documentation integrity specialists (CDISs) have experienced an ongoing dilemma of capturing complication codes with regard to adverse drug events versus ‘known’ or ‘inherent’ side effects. At our organization,…
The “right documentation” is the central pivot point to the revenue cycle   Physician clinical documentation plays a critical role in any overall healthcare delivery model, including the life of the revenue cycle, which drives reimbursement for quality medical care provided to patients. The revenue cycle is defined by the…
Is your Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system helping you pass an audit or hurting you?   Editor’s Note: This is the final installment in a four-part series that examines physician documentation issues as seen by an auditor. In the last installment of this four-part series, I want to discuss the…
Physician documentation issues during an audit go beyond CDI. The issues are the chief complaint and HPI. Editor’s Note: This is the second piece in a four-part series that examines physician documentation issues as seen by an auditor. As I discussed in the first portion of our series on physician…
The importance of an effective outpatient CDI program cannot be overstated When working with a member of the sales force for a previous employer, I was asked, “What is the biggest problem coders encounter?” My answer, very simply put, was “physician documentation!” I should have added “or lack thereof!” We…
Physician documentation issues during an audit go beyond CDI. EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a four-part series that examines physician documentation issues as seen by an auditor. One of the services I offer, aside from coding and billing education, is practice audits for evaluation and management (E&M) procedural…
ICD10monitor and RACmonitor have been covering the controversy that the release of the 2017 ICD-10 Official Coding and Reporting Guidelines has drummed up yet again.Two excellent articles this past week were “Coding Conundrum: Clinical Indicators for Code Assignment” by Sandra Brewton, RHIT, CCS, CHCA, CPC, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer; and “Developing:…
Given the recent extension of the ICD-10 compliance date, many hospitals are stepping back and re-evaluating project plans and timelines to use this time to improve their transition readiness.