tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2014 Issue 11

ICD-10: Maintain 7 Criteria to Keep Your Diagnosis Coding On Track

Follow our experts’ advice to turn down the risk of down coding.  You may be able to choose diagnosis codes with the precision of a sharpshooter, but if the clinical record doesn’t support the codes you report, you run the risk of down coding, focused medical review, and even fraud investigations. The documentation on which you base your coding is about to get even more scrutiny as the ICD-10 transition date approaches. Make sure your clinicians’ documentation techniques will pass muster with these expert tips. Now’s the time to assess clinicians’ documentation skills, says Arlene Maxim...

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