A special edition MLN Matters article released last week points to two common reasons for RAC claims denials—lack of timely submission of requested documentation and lack of documentation supporting medical necessity...Read More »
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 »
Q: AHIMA’s 2008 practice brief, “Managing an Effective Query Process,” appears to allow the initiation of post-bill queries as a result of an audit or other internal monitor. Historically we believed that a query completed after the initial bill was not permitted to be submitted for...Read More »
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 »
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.