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Update physician query policy in light of new AHIMA practice brief

Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies, January 1, 2009

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With ICD-10 closer than ever, it’s crucial that your hospital has an effective physician query process. The new coding system, which CMS proposed in August 2008, is more specific and may result in more physician queries.

The looming switch to ICD-10 is part of the reason the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) published its “Managing an Effective Query Process” practice brief, says Shelley C. Safian, MAOM/HSM, CCS-P, CPC-H, CPC-I, CHA, president of Safian Communications Services, Inc., in Winter Park, FL, and a member of AHIMA’s National Classification Practice Counsel. Now is the perfect time to reexamine documentation patterns and query practices in light of more specified and detailed codes, Safian says.

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