The Proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Rule was published on April 23, 2019. This month’s Code Cracker takes a look at some of the changes, including the 273 new codes, 21 deleted and 30 code title revisions revealed in the FY 2020 Proposed Rule Tables.
In response to the increasing issue of data breaches, a number of proposals for legislation related to breaches and personal privacy have been made at both the federal and state levels.
It seems lately that every time you turn on the television there is a new medical drama starting. Unfortunately, the depiction of healthcare and the patient encounter is offered in a very skewed view depending on the story line and intended impact.
Clinical documentation improvement holds much promise for healthcare providers beyond the United States, including exciting opportunities for Al Ain Hospital, AWC’s newest organizational member, and other providers in the UAE related to International Refined Diagnosis-Related Groups.
When might a plaintiff in a medical malpractice action want a defendant healthcare provider to produce an electronic audit trail, and what proofs might be offered in favor of and against production? A recent case, Vargas v. Lee, suggests some answers.
How to code gastrointestinal conditions with or without bleeding has been a topic of discussion among coding professionals and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) professionals since the publication of the third quarter 2017 issue of the American Hospital Association’s Coding Clinic. Coding Clinic advised coders to apply the “With” guideline associating bleeding to the gastrointestinal condition even when the medical record lacks a causal relationship documented by the physician.