Understanding the Relationships of Diseases & Symptoms
April 05, 2023 11:00am MT
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Many disease processes have known symptoms and coding guidelines impact coding symptoms with definitive diagnosis, but there is a need to understand and know these symptoms. Also disease processes often relate to each other and some have assumed relationships and some do not and physicians need to be queried and coders need to know how to identify those circumstances. Excludes one and Excludes two notes assist in guidance on conditions that don’t normally occur together, coders need to understand how the excludes notes work, the difference and what them mean. This webinar will take a comprehensive look at some of the most common interactions, why symptoms can sometimes be hard to identify, and how to compliantly and effectively query a provider when uncertain.
Why is this topic important?
Diagnosis coding is crucial in determining medical necessity of all services and also has a financial impact in Risk Adjustment and can also impact a providers MIPS score, so accurate and compliant diagnosis coding is necessary for all organizations, both inpatient and outpatient.
Who would benefit from this topic?
Coders in all settings, Risk Adjustment Coders, medical staff that places orders for diagnostic services, office managers
What information or new skills will the attendee take away from this webinar?
Broad understanding of importance of diagnosis coding, some of the coding guidelines around disease interaction and symptoms of definitive conditions, the impact of diagnosis coding on reimbursement, the need and effectiveness of the query process
What’s the presenter's background/expertise on this topic?
Jennifer has been coding and auditing for both physicians and facilities for over 25 years, providing coding education to providers and staff. She is certified through both AHIMA and AAPC in physician and inpatient coding, as well as auditing and clinical documentation improvement.
About The Author
Jennifer R Swindle, CPC, CIC, CPMA, CEMC, CFPC
Jennifer Swindle has more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry. In her role as Vice President, Coding and Compliance, for Pivot Health, Swindle is responsible for identifying and mitigating client risk by assessing, designing, and implementing proven compliance protocol. She is highly credentialed as an auditor, but also has vast expertise as an educator and facilitator for both large and one-on-one sessions. She has written numerous articles on coding practice in Coding Edge and HFMA’s Revenue Cycle Strategist.
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