Oh, ICD-10, you are so near,
Your extra digits is what we fear.
We have to start on October One,
But coding drafts are still undone!
Open up the hood and look at the engine. Does the data scrubbing module focus only on standard CMS coding and consistency checks and the “RUG” items, or is it more robust and emphasize clinical quality and risk management. We studied MDS data from 11 software vendors and two suppliers of MDS scrubbing services: The “best” had MDS error rates of 62%, the “worst,” 79%.
The October 1, 2014 deadline for healthcare providers to change to ICD-10 coding ushers in the greatest medical coding enhancement in 30 years. The challenge to providers is not just how to seamlessly make the transition, but also how to realize the benefits of ICD-10 from day one.
The ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding handbook, 2014 edition, with answers, is now available from the American Hospital Association. Exercises are presented in clear but technically correct language, and answers list assigned and appropriately sequenced codes.
Providers can now access a training video on discharge assessments and how to properly code using dashes in the Minimum Data Set, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Thursday.
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.”