Coding and documenting malnutrition continues to be one of the most perplexing issues facing hospitals and health systems nationwide. There is a general perception in the physician community that hospital based clinical documentation integrity programs (CDIP) tend to over-capture malnutrition as a comorbid condition. In fact, this could not be further from the reality that malnutrition is one of the most under-diagnosed conditions in the clinical setting. And adding to the dilemma of malnutrition is how clinicians continue to believe in traditional and highly subjective criteria to diagnose malnutrition – criteria that is decades old. Adoption of current, evidenced-based criteria remains poor in physician community, compounding the coding-clinical disconnect.
Now, help is on the way.
Dheeraj Mahajan, MD, will be conducting an exclusive malnutrition webcast for ICD10monitor. This webcast will help you understand the condition of malnutrition and what to do about coding, querying, creating internal clinical guidelines, and preventing clinical validation denials.
Why Malnutrition is Relevant:
There is big controversy with malnutrition as a diagnosis in hospital charts. Physicians continue to use old criteria that are very subjective and use erroneous biochemical markers. Based on new ASPEN criteria there is a consensus among subject matter experts that, overall, malnutrition is underdiagnosed in a hospital setting. Adherence to strict diagnostic and documentation guidelines can help hospitals and health bridge the coding-clinical gap.
During this exclusive ICD10monitor webcast, Dr. Mahajan will…
- Define the current diagnostic and documentation landscape as it pertains to malnutrition;
- Discuss traditional malnutrition diagnostic criteria and its pitfalls, while comparing it to the new ASPEN criteria;
- Illustrate the importance of severe malnutrition as a major comorbid condition and its implication on relative weight, severity of illness and risk of mortality;
- Review strategies for CDI staff and physician leadership to optimize medical staff compliance with malnutrition diagnosis and documentation for hospitalized patients; and,
- Discuss current regulatory and payer audit trends in malnutrition diagnosis