tci ED Coding & Reimbursement Alert - 2011 Issue 9

Intubation Coding: Go With the Flow: 5 Tips Boost Your Common ED Airway Procedure Accuracy

Seconds count with airway tube insertions, but take a few minutes to learn these important tips.A frequent presenting problem in the emergency department is a patient having trouble breathing due to pulmonary disease, injury, or swelling of the throat tissues. You would typically report these encounters as high level ED visits or critical care because of the nature of the presenting problem, but you may also be able to report a procedure code if it is properly documented. Read on for advice on appropriately documenting to support your airway services procedure coding.1. Determine Reason for Airway"The most...

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