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Happy Clinical Documentation Integrity Week 2022

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

This past weekend my brother and I had the daunting task of downsizing my mom’s living space from an Assisted Living Facility apartment to a long-term care room. While a tough move for my mom, we did find a few hidden treasures and memories. One such memory was finding pictures from a 1976 vacation taken by my grandmother aboard a cruise ship that was part of the 1970s TSS Mardi Gras, The Golden Fleet Carnival Cruise Line. In addition to finding the pictures, there was a packet of daily activities and a map of the different levels of the ship.

In keeping with the cruise ship treasures that we found, this week we celebrate the 12th annual Clinical Documentation Integrity (CDI) Week with the theme Under the Sea-DI. A CDI Week Fact Sheet (link) published by the Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists (ACDIS), indicates that “CDI specialist review patient medical records and assess whether all conditions and treatments are documented. This documentation helps paint an accurate picture of the severity of the patient’s illness and the extent of the care required. When the documentation is unclear or deficient, CDI specialists prompt (also known as “query”) physicians to provide clarification. CDI specialists serve as the bridge between health information management (HIM) and clinical staff. They must comply with Medicare and/or private payer rules and regulations.”

Just as it takes the entire crew to make a cruise ship run smoothly, it takes the CDI team coordinating with doctors, other departments participating in the care of a patient (i.e., physical therapy, dietician, pharmacy), and coding professionals to find all the hidden treasure in a patient’s 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 treasure for a successful start to the CMS FY 2023.

FY 2023 IPPS Final Rule Home Page (link)

On this webpage you will find a links to:

  • The FY 2023 IPPS Final Rule,
  • FY 2023 Final Rule Tables
    • Table 5: MS-DRGs, Relative Weighting Factors, Geometric and Arithmetic Mean Lengths of Stay, and Post-Acute Transfer designated MS-DRGs
    • Table 6: New Diagnosis Codes,
    • Table 6B: New Procedure Codes
    • Table 6I: Complete MCC List,
    • Table 6I.1: Additions to the MCC List,
    • Table 6I.2: Deletions to the MCC List,
    • Table 6J: Complete CC list,
    • Table 6J.1: Additions to the CC list,
    • Table 6J.2: Deletions to the CC list
  • FY 2023 MAC Implementation Files
    • MAC Implementation File 7: FY 2023 MS-DRGs Subject to the Replaced Devices Policy,
    • MAC Implementation File 8: FY 2023 New Technology Add-on Payment
2023 ICD-10-CM Files (link)

Downloads available on this webpage includes:

  • 2023 POA Exempt Codes,
  • 2023 Conversion Table,
  • 2023 Code Description in Tabular Order,
  • 2023 Addendum,
  • 2023 Code Tables, Tabular and Index, and
  • FY 2023 ICD-10-CM Coding Guidelines.

The ICD-10-Files are also available on the CDC’s Comprehensive Listing ICD-10-CM Files webpage (link).

2023 ICD-10-PCS Files (link)

Downloads available on this webpage includes:

  • 2023 ICD-10-PCS Order File,
  • 2023 Official ICD-10-PCS Coding Guidelines,
  • 2023 Version Update Summary,
  • 2023 ICD-10-PCS Codes File,
  • 2023 ICD-10-PCS Conversion table, 2023 ICD-10-PCS Code Tables and Index, and
  • 2023 ICD-10-PCS Addendum.
MS-DRG Definitions Manual and Software

The ICD-10 MS-DRG Version 40 (V40) Grouper Software, ICD-10 MS-DRG Definitions Manual, and the Definitions of Medicare Code Edits V 40 files are publicly available on the CMS MS-DRG Classifications and Software webpage (link).

Again, happy CDI week from our team to yours.

Article Author: Anita Meyers, RHIT, CCS
Anita Meyers, RHIT, CCS, is an Inpatient Coding Professional at Medical Management Plus. Anita has over twenty-six years of experience in inpatient and outpatient coding including 17 years of work at AQAF reviewing inpatient and outpatient records from Alabama hospitals. In addition to reviewing records she was the team leader in Beneficiary Services where she participated in case review activities, received and processed beneficiary complaints and handled fee-for-service denials for home health, hospice and skilled nursing facility services. Prior to joining the MMP team, Anita left AQAF to become an inpatient contract coder and worked at various hospitals in central Alabama. In her current position, Anita is an integral part of the Inpatient Services at Medical Management Plus.

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