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Sepsis: Overcoming Pitfalls in Querying, Documentation, and Coding

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Protect your revenue stream by making sure everyone on your team has a clear understanding of sepsis, and how to obtain documentation that supports the diagnosis if it's really sepsis.

Price: $149.00

Product Code: AI012022


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Aren't you tired of your clinicians not getting credit for taking care of patients with sepsis? Sepsis is one of the most common discharge MS-DRG diagnosis and it accounts for one in three inpatient deaths. Yet, as prevalent as it is, sepsis is widely misunderstood in the medical community with providers not documenting it when it's there or using sepsis-adjacent terms. Adding to this confusion, the official definition of sepsis changed in 2016. The net result has been coders and CDISs (clinical documentation improvement specialists) hesitant to perform traditional and clinical validation queries and a high rate of denied claims due to inaccurate coding and/or documentation deficiencies. In addition, institutions are expending significant resources to appeal these denials.

We invite you to spend an hour with Dr. Erica Remer, who will demystify many aspects of sepsis in this ICD10monitor webcast, including what sepsis really is; how to recognize its clinical indicators; and how to obtain documentation that supports its diagnosis. You'll also gain a clearer understanding of which COVID-19 patients are likely to have sepsis.

Why This is Relevant:

Diagnosing and treating sepsis constitute a massive expenditure of healthcare dollars in the U.S. — Medicare alone pays out billions of dollars annually for sepsis care. But your facility won't realize its full revenue potential with repeated claim denials attributable to substandard clinical practices, documentation and/or coding. Especially during these financially challenging times, it's imperative to ensure that your sepsis coding and documentation satisfy the demands of payers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the most current sepsis definition
  • Identify potential sepsis from clinical indicators
  • Assess the clinical validity of documented sepsis
  • Learn how to compose effective sepsis queries
  • Gain key elements of a plan to prevent sepsis claim denials

Who Should Attend:

This webcast will be most relevant to physician advisors and champions, clinical documentation integrity (CDI) specialists, inpatient coders, coding educators, and health information management directors, managers and professionals.


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