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JustCoding News: Inpatient

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Continuing education credits

To receive AAPC and/or AHIMA credits, take the quiz after reading the following articles:

  • Improve ED physician documentation to ensure inpatient coding compliance
  • Kick off the New Year with a resolution to avoid leading queries
  • Review medical necessity requirements for major joint replacement 
  • Healthcare News: Don’t forget about end-to-end testing for ICD-10-CM/PCS
  • Q&A: Do queries differ between critical access and acute care facilities?

 

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Improve ED physician documentation to ensure inpatient coding compliance

Physicians, especially ED physicians, need to start paying attention to how their documentation affects the facility. Glenn Krauss, BBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, C-CDI, CCDS, and Bernadette Larson, CPMA, discuss how documentation in the ED affects medical necessity and inpatient coding.

Click here to read more.

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Kick off the New Year with a resolution to avoid leading queries

Leading queries are frequently a topic of discussion among coding and clinical documentation improvement professionals. Glenn Krauss, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, PCS, FCS, C-CDIS, explains how to determine what constitutes a leading query and how to craft compliant queries.

Click here to read more.

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Review medical necessity requirements for major joint replacement

MLN Matters® article SE1236, which discusses documenting medical necessity for major joint replacements, may be aimed at physicians, but Glenn Krauss, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, PCS, FCS, C-CDIS, and Lynn Marlow, BS, RHIT, CCS, explain how it also applies to hospitals and coders.

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Healthcare News: Don't forget about end-to-end testing for ICD-10-CM/PCS

National Government Services, under contract with CMS, will host a series of listening sessions about lessons learned from the Version 5010 upgrade to prepare providers, vendors, and payers for the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS.

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Q&A: Do queries differ between critical access and acute care facilities?

Q: I’ve heard that queries differ between critical access and short-term acute care hospital settings. Is this true, and if so, where can I find more information?

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Product of the week: Condition Code 44: Best Practices for a Compliant Process live audio conference January 22

Correctly changing a patient’s status from inpatient to outpatient using Condition Code 44 remains a problem area. Many organizations either don’t have an appropriate process in place or fail to use it effectively. As a result, they face continuing scrutiny from Recovery Auditors.

Join HCPro and expert speakers Deborah K. Hale and John Zelem, MD, FACS, at 1 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday, January 22 for the live 90-minute audio conference, Condition ode 44: Best Practices for a Compliant Process. You will learn why organizations need a compliant process, what role the Utilization Review Committee plays in Condition Code 44 use, and how to create an effective process at your facility.
 
For more information or to order, call 800/650-6787 and mention Source Code EZINEAD or visit the HCPro Healthcare Marketplace.

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Trivia question

What is the correct ICD-9-CM procedure code for the release of the tarsal tunnel?

a. 04.41   
b. 04.42
c. 04.43
d. 04.44
 
Know the answer and want to be featured in the next issue of JustCoding News: Inpatient? Contact Senior Managing Editor Michelle A. Leppert, CPC, at mleppert@hcpro.com.

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Coder chat

I am wondering how you code a woman who does a repeat cesarean section and it is found that there is a dehiscence of the previous cesarean section. Why is there only a code for dehiscence of the current cesarean section?

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Mini-poll

Did you make a New Year’s resolution?

  • Yes, and I am sticking to it
  • Yes, but I already broken it
  • No, I didn’t bother

Vote here

Last week’s mini-poll

Which area of coding gives you the most trouble?

  • Chronic kidney disease: 2%
  • Evaluation and management: 31%
  • Orthopedics: 18%
  • Sepsis: 31%
  • Surgery: 18%

Thank you to the 140 readers who participated in last week’s mini-poll!

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Free quiz

Test your knowledge with this week’s free quiz, which features questions about ICD-9-CM codes for symptoms, signs, and ill-defined conditions. (View)

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Blogs

Access the latest blog posts on ICD–10 Trainer, a free, online forum for all matters related to ICD–10:

Access the latest blog posts on Coding Educator, a free, online forum with helpful information on clinical topics and both CPT® and ICD-9-CM coding:

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Learn more about how to earn CE credits

You will receive an issue of JustCoding News: Inpatient and JustCoding News: Outpatient on alternate weeks. Paid JustCoding and Platinum members will have an opportunity to earn continuing education credits each week from the AHIMA and AAPC by taking a 10–question quiz that is based on multiple articles from each week's issue of JustCoding News. To receive your CE credit, paid JustCoding and Platinum members must read articles in the bimonthly e–newsletters JustCoding News: Inpatient and JustCoding News: Outpatient, and take the accompanying quiz that is common to all applicable articles for that week. Access JustCoding's CE Credits webpage to learn more about earning CE credits.

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CONTACT US

Michelle A. Leppert, CPC
Senior Managing Editor
mleppert@hcpro.com



JustCoding News: Inpatient

Volume 15 Issue 3
  ISSN# 1948–0784

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