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Focus on documentation for new ICD-9 codes

Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies, August 1, 2008

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Education among coders and physicians will help prevent a flood of physician queries that might otherwise result when the 2009 IPPS code changes take effect. “It’s great to have the new codes, but if we don’t have the documentation, we can’t use them,” says Kathryn DeVault, RHIA, CCS, manager of professional practice resources at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) in Chicago. “The landscape has changed so much. We’re coding for data, coding for reimbursement, coding for profiling. You really need to show that specificity for all of these tasks.”

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