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CodeSmart releases new reference tool

CodeSmart releases new reference tool

CodeSmart Holdings Inc. is launching the CDI Smart™ Software and Smart Code™ Reference Tool during the HIMSS 2014 Annual Conference this week in Orlando, FL.

Steven Littlehale

MDS data quality: Things are not always as they seem

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%.

AHA releases ICD-10 coding handbook

AHA releases ICD-10 coding handbook

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.

Mary Beth Newell, RN

Incorrect ADL coding is common and costly, expert says

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.”

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