Top 5 ProFee Diagnosis Review Findings in 2018
In 2018, we conducted thousands of ProFee reviews from many different specialties for our clients. Below are the top five ProFee diagnosis changes HIA uncovered.
- I10 – Essential (Primary) Hypertension
- E11.9 – Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Without Complications
- K29.60 – Other Gastritis Without Bleeding
- R13.19 – Other Dysphagia
- I25.10 – Atherosclerotic Heart Disease of Native Coronary Artery Without Angina Pectoris
I10 – Hypertension:
Many of the changes to I10 (hypertension) were due to not following the official coding guidelines when the patient also has heart disease and/or kidney disease. ICD-10-CM assumes a relationship between hypertension when the patient has heart disease or kidney disease. The two conditions are linked by the term “with” in the Alphabetic index. These conditions should be coded as related unless the provider specifically states that they are not related or documents a different cause for the kidney or heart disease.
- ICD-10 Official Guidelines: Section I. Conventions, general coding guidelines and chapter specific guidelines, C. chapter-Specific Coding Guidelines. 9. Chapter 9: Disease of Circulatory System (I00-I99) a. Hypertension
- Hypertension, Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease, coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM/PCS, Fourth Quarter 2018; Page 88-89.
E11.9 – Type 2 Diabetes Without Complications:
As with hypertension changes, many of the changes to E11.9 (Type 2 Diabetes w/o complication) were related to conditions that are presumed to be related to diabetes. These fall under the “with” guidelines. Review the Alphabetic index for any condition that is presumed to be related to diabetes (chronic kidney disease, foot ulcer, gangrene, etc.).
- ICD-10 Official Guidelines: Section I. Conventions, general coding guidelines and chapter specific guidelines, C. chapter-Specific Coding Guidelines. 4. Chapter 4: Endocrine, Nutritional, and Metabolic Diseases (E00-E89) a. Diabetes Mellitus
- A. Conventions for the ICD-10-CM – Coding Clinic, Fourth Quarter ICD-10 2018 Page: 57
K29.60 – Other Gastritis Without Bleeding:
Changes to K29.60 (Gastritis w/o Bleeding) were also related to the “with” guideline. This is a change from previous guidance given for ICD-9-CM coding. Prior to the “with” guideline for ICD-10-CM coding, it was suggested to query the provider to confirm the cause of the bleeding if the relationship was not stated in the record. Now, since the tabular index lists Gastritis “with” bleeding it would be appropriate to code gastritis with bleeding, unless the provider states the bleeding was not due to the gastritis. In addition to the “with” guideline, remember there are codes for the specific type of gastritis. Make sure to code the most specific code if appropriate.
- ICD-10 Official Guidelines: Chapter 20: Disease of the Digestive System
- Conventions for the ICD-10-CM – Coding Clinic, Fourth Quarter ICD-10 2018 Page: 57
- Gastrointestinal Bleeding due to Multiple Possible Sources – Coding Clinic, Third Quarter ICD-10 2018 Pages 21-22
- Hematemesis due to Ulcerative Esophagitis and Duodenitis – Coding Clinic Third Quarter 2018 Pages 22-23
R13.19 – Other Dysphagia:
Specificity resulted in many of the changes to R13.19 (Other Dysphagia). In reviewing the accounts, documentation supported the specific type of dysphagia (functional, hysterical, neurogenic, etc.) or that dysphagia was a result (following) another condition (CVA, intracerebral hemorrhage, etc.). Coders must always review the entire encounter to assure they are selecting the most specific code. If the dysphagia is following a specific condition, such as a CVA, make sure to select the appropriate code to reflect this condition.
- ICD-10 Official Guidelines: Cerebrovascular Accident and Disease, C. Chapter-Specific Coding Guidelines, d. Sequelae of Cerebrovascular disease
- Dysphagia – Coding Clinic, Fourth Quarter 2007, Page 92 to 94
I25.10 – Atherosclerotic Heart Disease of Native Coronary Artery (CAD) Without Angina Pectoris:
Changes to this code were a result of documentation that the patient had angina. Under ICD-9-CM angina was coded separately from coronary artery disease (CAD). Under ICD-10-CM there is a code for CAD without angina, and codes to reflect if CAD is with angina and the type of angina. Make sure to review the index and select the codes that are appropriate to reflect if CAD is with or without angina.
- ICD-10 Official Guidelines: Diseases of the Circulatory System, Chronic Ischemic Heart Disease
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How many times have you heard “it only takes one code to get the claim paid”? With the emphasis on the severity of illness and the move toward value-based reimbursement in today’s healthcare climate, it is more important than ever for coders to report all applicable diagnoses. There are three important pieces: what the provider documents, how to the coder interprets that documentation and codes it, and then how it is extrapolated.
The reimbursement landscape is already a complicated one – and the highly-complex claims denials process only adds fuel to the fire. A denied claim is one that has been determined by a payor to be in appropriate. Once a coding specialist amends the errors on a rejected claim, they can resubmit it for consideration. The time-intensive process has a significant impact on the cash flow for any setting in the healthcare environment. They are also very costly to appeal.
When a practitioner documents a diagnosis that does not appear to be supported by the clinical indicators in the health record, a coder has four choices: (1) Code the diagnosis; (2) Ignore the diagnosis; (3) Generate a query to confirm clinical validation of a diagnosis; (4) Follow the facility’s escalation policy for clinical validation.
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When it comes to coding and documentation, finding your own rhythm can lead to positive results. For our series, Find Your Routine, we interviewed our most productive coders and asked them what steps they take to find a rhythm that works for them. This week, we talked with Zahra Ghahremani, CCS, Coding Specialist at Health Information Associates, about the steps she takes to find her routine.
All queries require at least two elements – clinical indicators and a query question. Coders can also include multiple choice options for response or leave the query open-ended for a free text response. The order in which these elements are listed in a query is open to coder or facility preference.
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When it comes to coding and documentation, finding your own rhythm can lead to positive results. For our series, Find Your Routine, we interviewed our most productive coders and asked them what steps they take to find a rhythm that works for them. This week, we talked with Donna Cowan, RHIT, CCS, Coding Specialist at Health Information Associates, about the steps she takes to find her routine.
The key to choosing reasonable options for a query response is to remember that the query must stand alone. Any clinical indicators supporting the options must be included in the query itself. In this week’s Query Tip, we provide examples of two queries in which the options for response are not reasonable based on clinical indicators used by coder.
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When it comes to coding and documentation, finding your own rhythm can lead to positive results. For our series, Find Your Routine, we interviewed our most productive coders and asked them what steps they take to find a rhythm that works for them. This week, we talked with Allison Curry, RHIT, CCS, Coding Specialist at Health Information Associates, about the steps she takes to find her routine.
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This is Part 4 of a five part series on the new 2019 CPT codes. In this series we will explore the CPT changes for FY 2019 and include examples to help the coder understand the new codes. There is 1 new lymphatic code, 2 new digestive system codes with 3 deletions, 3 new urinary system codes with one deletion and 7 deleted nervous system codes with 2 revisions.
When it comes to coding and documentation, finding your own rhythm can lead to positive results. For our series, Find Your Routine, we interviewed our most productive coders and asked them what steps they take to find a rhythm that works for them. This week, we talked with Tilina Sablan, RHIT, CCS, Coding Specialist with Health Information Associates, about the steps she takes to find her routine.
This is Part 2 of a five part series on the new 2019 CPT codes. In this series we will explore the CPT changes for FY2019 and include examples to help the coder understand the new codes. There are 4 new musculoskeletal CPT codes added with 2 deletions and 0 revisions.
This is Part 1 of a five part series on the new 2019 CPT codes. In this series we will explore the CPT changes for FY2019 and include examples to help the coder understand the new codes. There were 15 new integumentary CPT codes added with 3 deletions and 1 revision.
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