The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have targeted additional inpatient diagnoses, resulting in substantial penalties for hospitals and health systems. While there are issues with ICD-10-CM code assignments, inpatient coders are often hampered by insufficient provider documentation, noncompliant queries, and a lack of knowledge about coding conventions or the latest official coding guidance.
In this ICD10monitor webcast, Dr. James Kennedy — physician, certified coder, and clinical documentation integrity (CDI) specialist — will lead you through the fundamentals of ICD-10-CM code assignments, Coding Clinic advice, and other authoritative references that can help you upgrade your action plan for coding additional inpatient diagnoses.
Why This is Relevant:
Besides equipping you to avoid penalties, the essential information presented in this webcast will support your efforts to capture every appropriate dollar of revenue from additional inpatient diagnoses.
Do you know the difference between a "code also" and "use additional code" instruction? What's required to assign additional codes for neonatal cases? Could you defend the integrity of your ICD-10-CM code assignments using credible literature and coding references? Questions like these may reveal knowledge gaps and the need to join us for this webcast.
From this webcast, you will…
- Gain essential knowledge regarding the fundamentals of ICD-10-CM code assignments, with special attention devoted to additional inpatient diagnoses;
- Learn from actual examples why the OIG and DOJ have penalized providers for their additional inpatient diagnoses assignments;
- Learn how to establish a clinical validation protocol, ensuring that additional diagnoses will stand up to auditor and payer scrutiny;
- Master current best practices in querying providers regarding additional diagnoses; and
- Pick up valuable tips for writing effective appeals.