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Happy Clinical Documentation Integrity Week 2021

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

In case you are not a long-time reader of our newsletter, fall is my favorite time of year. Even though the official start of fall is still a week away, with morning lows in the mid 50’s recently, I have already had my first cup of apple spice tea, first cup of pumpkin spice coffee, and made my first batch of chili in the slow cooker. I have also put out my fall pumpkin themed door mat as we enter the months of celebrating fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas.

In the world of Medicare, fall is also a time for new beginnings and celebrations. The new CMS Fiscal Year (FY) starts on October 1st and more importantly this week is all about celebrating the 11th annual Clinical Documentation Integrity (CDI) Week. In keeping with my culinary firsts of the fall, this year’s CDI Week theme is CDI Kitchen: Recipes for a Successful Program. According to a related Association for Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists (ACDIS) Fact Sheet (link), “the growth of the CDI specialist profession has mirrored the healthcare industry’s increased focus on compliance with regulations, managed care profiles, payment for services rendered, quality of care improvement measurements, and liability exposure. All these factors increasingly depend on the integrity of complete and specific clinical documentation in the medical record.”

MMP would like to wish all the hard-working CDI Professionals that we have the privilege to work with a happy CDI week. To help you prepare for the new CMS fiscal year, while celebrating this week, following are links to key ingredients for a successful start to the CMS FY 2022.

2022 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines

You can read about changes for FY 2022 in a related MMP article (link).

2022 ICD-10-PCS Official Guidelines

2022 CMS IPPS Final Rule

FY 2022 ICD-10-CM/PCS Codes, MCCs and CCs

There are 165 new diagnosis codes. Of note, including in this list are:

  • 11 new Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) ICD-10-CM codes, and
  • 4 new COVID-19 related codes including U09.9 (Post COVID-19 condition, unspecified), Z1152 (Encounter for screening for COVID-19), Z20.822 (Contact with and *suspected) exposure to COVID-19), and Z86.16 (Personal history of COVID-19).

There are 212 new ICD-10-PCS procedure codes, including several new codes related to COVID-19 vaccines and monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19.

There are nine additions to the MCC list, including J12.82 (Pneumonia due to coronavirus disease 2019) which was implemented January 1, 2021. There are eleven additions to the CC list, which also include two codes implemented January 1, 2021 (M35.81 (multisystem inflammatory syndrome) and M35.89 (Other specific systemic involvement of connective tissue)).

Again, happy CDI week from our team to yours.

Article Author: Beth Cobb, RN, BSN, ACM, CCDS
Beth Cobb, RN, BSN, ACM, CCDS, is the Manager of Clinical Analytics at Medical Management Plus, Inc. Beth has over twenty-five years of experience in healthcare including eleven years in Case Management at a large multi-facility health system. In her current position, Beth is a principle writer for MMP’s Wednesday@One weekly e-newsletter, an active member of our HIPAA Compliance Committee, MMP’s Education Department Program Director and co-developer of MMP’s proprietary Compliance Protection Assessment Tool.

This material was compiled to share information.  MMP, Inc. is not offering legal advice. Every reasonable effort has been taken to ensure the information is accurate and useful.