The bane of many CDI specialists’ existence is trying to get physicians to buy into good documentation practices. But a recent notice issued by TrailBlazer Health Enterprises, LLC, put in about as plain words I’ve seen that contractors are now going to be comparing Part A (hospital) with Part B...Read More »
With the advent of Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC), which review both Part A (hospital) and Part B (physician) billing, payers are now looking to ensure that physician and facility billing match, says Glenn Krauss, BBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, C-CDIS, CCDS, an ACDIS Advisory...Read More »
Q: Is it okay to include a definition of “functional quadriplegia” when we query the physician for this condition? I was surprised when I approached a physician to discuss this diagnosis and he had not heard of it. However, when I gave him the definition, he agreed with it and...Read More »
With all of the attention around the increased specificity of ICD-10-CM codes, facilities are concerned that documentation will lack sufficient detail. And as CDI specialists know, physicians don’t always provide enough information for coders to choose the most specific ICD-9-CM code.
As four new Advisory Board members step forward each year to lend leadership to the ACDIS membership, four trusted members take a step back from their roles. Shelia Bullock, Garri Garrison, Robin Holmes, and Colleen Stukenberg share their thoughts on the growth of ACDIS and the CDI profession as...Read More »
“You can’t imagine how it feels to go from that first meeting, which essentially was just a gathering of sorts,to where we are now,” says Eileen Pracz, RN, CCDS, clinical documentation specialist at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, who led the chapter in 2010. “This has...Read More »