An aversion to claim denials and auditor action has caused many hospitals and health systems to avoid diagnosing encephalopathy — which means they're leaving money on the table. This aversion stems largely from confusion regarding the various types and etiologies of encephalopathy. Compounding matters, other conditions may be mistakenly identified as encephalopathy.
This webcast, presented by Dr. Erica Remer, is intended to impart a clearer understanding of encephalopathy in many of its forms and etiologies. With this improved understanding, you and your providers will be able to accurately document each patient's severity and complexity, leading to optimized coding and risk adjustment.
Why This is Relevant:
Given the prevalence of the diagnosis, it's not surprising that encephalopathy is a frequent clinical validation target for auditors. In addition, encephalopathy diagnoses have a significant impact on DRG tier, severity of illness and mortality risk scoring. With so much at stake, there's no room for confusion regarding the terminology, documentation requirements and ICD-10-CM code selection.
Take the following brief quiz for further insights into whether you and your team could benefit from this webcast:
- Can a patient with dementia be diagnosed with encephalopathy?
- Which type of encephalopathy is seen with sepsis?
- Must patients have decreased levels of consciousness to be considered encephalopathic?
- Does hepatic encephalopathy risk adjust?
From this exclusive ICD10monitor webcast, you will…
- Learn how to identify encephalopathy through clinical indicators, risk factors and associated conditions in the medical record;
- Know how to distinguish among the various etiologies and different types of encephalopathy;
- Gain the skills to compose provider-friendly queries regarding encephalopathy cases; and
- Learn how to use the appropriate references to combat encephalopathy claim denials.
Who Should Attend:
This webcast will be most beneficial to CDI specialists, coders, and physician advisors.
Please Note: Participants of Dr. Remer's live and on-demand encephalopathy webcast from January 2018 who wish to attend this session will benefit from a reviewing of the core concepts presented in that session with appropriate updates and new examples.