This paper provides a timeline of the various sepsis definitions and their implications for CDI and coding. Additionally, this paper includes a list of policy recommendations from the ACDIS Regulatory Committee.

One pivotal update included in the CMS fiscal year (FY) 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Final Rule is the addition of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) to the list of diagnoses that count as major complicating conditions and comorbidities (MCC). Although this addition...