Are you confused about the condition known as "encephalopathy?" If so, you're not alone. Confusion about encephalopathy abounds among coders, clinical documentation integrity specialists (CDISs) and clinicians. Those who are not confused by encephalopathy are RACs and third-party auditors. To them encephalopathy is low hanging fruit made more attractive because so many hospital systems, with an aversion of denials, avoid diagnosing encephalopathy and leave money on the table.
With this webcast, you and your team will learn how to recognize different types and etiologies of encephalopathy, and what conditions may be confused with encephalopathy. With improved understanding, you and your providers will be able to represent the patient's severity and complexity accurately, and optimize coding and risk adjustment.
Why is This Webcast Relevant?
Altered mental status is a common manifestation of illness which often signifies severe physiological derangement. To accurately reflect its importance, clinicians need to use appropriate terminology to capture risk adjustment. Attendees will resolve their confusion about the types and etiologies of encephalopathy. The use of precise language will facilitate capturing the correct codes and the inpatient risk adjustment impact commensurate with this condition. Comfort with clinical indicators will give coders, CDI professionals, and physician advisors the ammunition they need to prevent and appeal denials.
From this important webcast, you will be empowered to…
- Recognize clinical indicators in the medical record suggesting encephalopathy
- Distinguish different etiologies and different types of encephalopathy
- Compose provider-friendly queries regarding encephalopathy
- Use appropriate references to combat denials regarding encephalopathy