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Membership Update: New renal failure coding e-learning course, Forms & Tools Library postings

CDI Strategies, August 18, 2011

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The ACDIS e-learning library allows members the ability to keep up to date on the latest issues and earn continuing education credits. The latest addition to the library is a course titled “Renal failure coding and physician querying,” which includes CCDS, AHIMA, and nursing credits. Additional courses in the library include:

  • Hospital Acquired Conditions
  • Present on Admission: Reporting Strategies for Compliance and Quality
  • Inpatient coding: Physician queries
  • Major complications/comorbidities (MCCs)
  • Speaking the physician language: Strategies for coders to obtain complete documentation
  • Understanding and applying the 2011 ICD-9-CM codes
  • 2011 IPPS MS-DRG update
ACDIS members consistently donate sample physician queries, forms, tools, and educational materials to share with their peers in the Forms & Tools Library. The following represent some recent additions:
  • Lynne Spryzak culled through the FY 2012 IPPS Final Rule and posted spreadsheets of CC/MCC list as well as the updated MS-DRG table.
  • Christine Raad from Chicago submitted a sample physician letter which focuses on mortality index information as the primary reason for the query. The letter includes sample language to encourage physicians to provide additional documentation to capture appropriate severity of illness/risk of mortality and is intended to accompany a query form. 
  • Ronna Mahlen composed a simple, five-question, CDI specialist query audit to help programs conduct regular peer reviews or self audits. She originally shared her tool on CDI Talk.



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