Patricia Maccariella-Hafey

Coding & Quality Measures Tip: Coding for the Revised Stroke Mortality Measure (MORT-30-STK)

Coding & Quality Measures Tip: Coding for the Revised Stroke Mortality Measure (MORT-30-STK)

The refined Stroke 30-day mortality measure (MORT-30-STK) is a statistic defined as death occurring within 30 days of a diagnosed stroke. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) publicly reports a 30-day hospital-level stroke mortality measure on Hospital Compare as part of the Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program.

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Coding Tip: Getting Control of Root Operation Control

Coding Tip: Getting Control of Root Operation Control

Since the implementation of ICD-10-PCS in 2015, yearly changes have been made regarding the definition of, and guidelines associated with, the root operation Control. This has caused coding professionals much confusion in determining whether to assign a procedure to root operation Control, to assign another root operation, or to not assign a procedure code at all.

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Coding Tip: Excisional Debridement Coding to the Furthest Layer

Coding Tip: Excisional Debridement Coding to the Furthest Layer

Procedure code assignment for excisional debridement has always been a focus area in coding audits. The biggest concern is whether or not the debridement is truly excisional in nature, and if the documentation truly supports an excisional debridement. HIA has written a previous Coding Tip on determining nonexcisional vs excisional debridement.

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