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Pay-per-view: Simplify chronic kidney disease outpatient coding

APCs Insider, October 19, 2012

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The kidneys filter wastes and excrete fluid when the blood is forced through their internal structures. However, various diseases, including chronic kidney disease (CKD), can affect how well the kidneys function.

CKD is a permanent alteration in the kidneys' ability to perform filtration and reabsorption functions. Patients with CKD may be admitted as inpatients, either for the CKD or some other condition, but they may also come into an outpatient clinic. As such, outpatient coders need to be able to recognize the stages of CKD and understand what tests and procedures providers may perform in a clinic or other outpatient setting.
 
Continue reading “Simplify chronic kidney disease outpatient coding” on HCPro’s website. Subscribers to Briefings on APCs have free access to this article in the October issue.



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