Mary Beth Newell
Improper coding related to activities of daily living is common, causing providers to lose significant Medicare reimbursements, a coding expert said during a McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast. "The biggest coding error I find is undercoding," said Mary-Beth Newell, RN, vice president of clinical reimbursement at Post Acute Consulting. "Undercoding is much more prevalent than overcoding."
Coding Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) remains an important challenge in the long-term care setting. Part of the challenge is that there are so many employees who contribute to the documentation. Also, the terminology can be confusing. Another big misstep can occur when staff members underestimate how much they assist the patient. This session, led by Mary Beth Newell, addresses why accurate coding is taking on growing importance. It also offers tips that will help ensure the most accurate coding possible. A Q&A session closes the broadcast, which originally aired at 1 p.m. (Eastern) on April 16.
If there's one overwhelming challenge in a long-term care setting, it's how to code the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).