by James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS
Bronchopulmonary infections, such as acute bronchitis and pneumonia, represent frequent reasons for physician and facility encounters, resulting in ICD-10-CM code assignments that factor greatly in severity and risk adjustment inherent to...Read More »
by Joel Moorhead, MD, PhD, CPC
This article is about bringing the patient to the center of clinical validation. A patient with an “atypical” presentation, by definition, may have the disease but might not meet “typical” criteria for diagnosis.Read More »
With the criteria and definition of sepsis in flux, CDI specialists’ involvement in clarifying matters continues to grow. While the Surviving Sepsis Campaign seems to endorse the Sepsis-3 definition, CMS still uses the Sepsis-1 definition. The ACDIS Advisory Board sought to explore the confusion...Read More »
Q: According to a denial letter, acute metabolic encephalopathy secondary to any disease (which it obviously always is) codes to G94, other disorders of brain in diseases classified elsewhere. The auditor stated to “Please see code category G93.4 which has an excludes 1 note excluding “...Read More »
Septic patients can quickly deteriorate into severe sepsis cases if left unattended. “Once they have organ failure, it’s really hard to get those patients back,” Connie Chappelle, RN, MC, CLNC, risk management coordinator for Kansas University Medical Center (KUMC) in Kansas...Read More »
by Amy Czahor, RHIT, CDIP, CCS
Recently I was reviewing a data sample investigating the root cause of DRG discrepancies between CDI and coding. More than half of the cases with a discrepancy were attributed to a difference in principal diagnosis selection.Read More »
Penny Souder, RN, MS, CPC, works at Maui Memorial Medical Center in beautiful Hawaii. She joined the CDI team a year and a half ago, at the department’s inception. She belongs to the local ACDIS chapter, which is based on Oahu (a different island), so this presents her with a...Read More »
6 Focus on growth in year of the rooster: ACDIS members share their priorities for CDI program efforts in 2017.
9 Resolutions for remote CDI effectiveness: Jennifer Love, RN, BA, CCDS, CDIP, provides insight on mitigating work-from-home headaches.
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