tci ED Coding & Reimbursement Alert - 2014 Issue 9

Intubation Coding: Scope Out These 5 Tips to Boost Your Common ED Airway Procedure Accuracy

The reason for and manner of placement are key factors in choosing the right airway-related code. 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 &ldquo...

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