Corporate Compliance

Pay-per-view: Tips to help tackle inpatient psych challenges

Compliance Monitor, August 29, 2007

Inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF) have their own reimbursement and compliance challenges. Chief among these is the code-first standard. The code-first standard requires IPFs to code underlying conditions first, even if they are not psychiatric diagnoses. Many times, these principal diagnosis codes will not group to one of the 15 diagnosis-related groups (DRG) that the inpatient psychiatric facility prospective payment system (IPF PPS) identifies to receive a payment adjustment factor.

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