Q&A: Reviewing charts for CCs/MCCs
Q: What are the benefits to having coders review charts for appropriate capture of CCs and MCCs, and how can our coding team get started in this process?
A: At the time of reporting, coders can flag charts for which they were not able to identify a CC/MCC and send them back to the coding manager for review. Alternatively, the organization can build pre-bill edits that will route inpatient claims without a CC/MCC into a work queue for further review by the coding manager or CDI staff.
This process is beneficial because it can serve as a way to audit your coders’ and CDI staff members’ performance. If we find a number of cases hitting that queue where a coder missed a condition or the CDI didn’t query on a condition, we have a way to trend that performance and address any deficiencies that our staff may have.
If CC/MCC capture is improved, that will also increase the organization’s case-mix index and, therefore, its reimbursement.
I’ve seen this process produce $40,000 a month in MS-DRG reimbursement—not what we charge, but the actual MS-DRG reimbursement in a hospital with fewer than 300 beds. That’s nearly a half a million dollars a year. So even if you have a person spending two hours a day looking at this queue, that will cost far less than the return of half a million dollars.
Editor’s note: Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA, FAHIMA, CHPS, chief operating officer of First Class Solutions Inc., in St. Louis, Missouri answered this question in HIM Briefings.
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