Assessment of clinical measures associated with end-of-life treatment could actually improve care of the dying, according to a release regarding a study published recently in the Archive of Internal Medicine.
Study leaders abstracted the records of nearly 500 individuals who had...Read More »
Q: I am very confused about the diagnosis of acute renal injury/acute renal failure. I know that one of the issues is the lack of agreed upon definition of AKI/renal failure and my readings certainly have reinforced this. So, I have the...Read More »
Some people go into an endeavor full bore, knowing that they’re always right. Some people go into an endeavor learning as they go, knowing that they don’t know everything, eager to learn and always open to learning.
All told there were more than 500 CDI professionals in attendance at the 2010 ACDIS National Conference in Chicago last month. In addition, there were nearly two dozen exhibitors and more than 20 educational sessions in three dedicated tracks to choose from, including clinical chart review,...Read More »
MS-DRG 432 (cirrhosis and alcoholic hepatitis with MCC) is one of many MS-DRGs slated for RAC validation audits by HealthDataInsights and Connolly Healthcare, two of the four RACs that have begun targeting hospitals nationwide.
RACs may target this particular MS-DRG for a variety of...Read More »
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is one example of a condition for which coders and CDI specialists should understand clinical indicators before querying physicians, says Lynne Spryszak, RN, CCDS, CPC-A, a CDI educator at HCPro, Inc., in Marblehead, MA.
Over the years all authoritative coding sources referred to sepsis and septicemia as the same condition. Finally, in 2008, these coding references stated that sepsis and septicemia are two different conditions:
Sepsis is a body response to dead tissue mediated by the release of