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Audit present-on-admission indicators to ensure compliance, data accuracy

Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies, March 1, 2010

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Was it present on admission (POA) or did it develop during the patient's stay?

These days, this question has become part of an inpatient coder's mantra, and rightly so. Not only does the POA indicator affect data related to patient safety indicators and quality-of-care measures, it also has the potential to alter hospital reimbursement—in a big way.

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