Q: We recently had a patient who was admitted with sepsis and the physician documented sepsis, a urinary tract infection (UTI) related to a chronic Foley catheter, and pneumonia. Can we report sepsis first instead of the complication code, or is the complication always first?
Q: Does the HIPAA Privacy Rule strictly prohibit the disclosure or request of an entire medical record? If not, does there need to be a case-by-case justification every time an entire record is disclosed?
This week’s Medicare updates include an article for health care professionals to use as a resource throughout the 2019-20 flu season, an OIG data brief on using CERT data to identify high-risk home health agencies, revisions to the Claims Processing Manual regarding billing for Part B inpatient services, and more!