ACDIS update: ACDIS Regulatory Committee publishes guidance on ARDS documentation
Earlier this year, ACDIS formed the Regulatory Committee with the stated purpose of reviewing regulatory policy, coding, and clinical updates, commenting to agencies on behalf of ACDIS and providing summary, interpretation, and analysis to the ACDIS membership.
Last week, the committee published its first piece of guidance in the ACDIS Resource Library regarding the addition of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) to the MCC list in fiscal year 2019. Although the addition may be beneficial for those difficult cases with a two-tiered DRG and very limited MCC opportunities, the update does not come without the likelihood of incorrect code assignment, according to the committee.
In the newly published resource, Angelica Naylor, MBA, BSN, RN, CCDS, on behalf of the Regulatory Committee, offers guidance and advice for documentation and code assignment related to ARDS and acute respiratory distress.