Health Information Management

Tip: Use data to better target ICD-10 physician education

APCs Insider, October 11, 2013

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Some physicians may be great at documenting the patient's presenting problem, but not good at documenting ­secondary diagnoses. Other physicians may do a great job of documenting certain conditions, such as diabetes, but may lack specificity when documenting other conditions, such as asthma.

The extra data able to be captured in ICD-10 will result in much more data for facilities to analyze. Look at how often your facility sends in claims with “not otherwise specified” (NOS) codes, then look at each physician's cases. Some physicians may be great at documenting the patient's presenting problem, but not good at documenting ­secondary diagnoses. Other physicians may do a great job of documenting certain conditions, such as diabetes, but may lack specificity when documenting other conditions, such as asthma.

That data will help you set the tone for physician education. Educate the physicians about what you ­expect to see in the documentation. Some physicians will need more assistance than others. Make sure you ­consider each physician as an individual and ­provide the ­level of support and training that each one needs.

This tip is adapted from “Wrap your arms around data analytics before ICD-10” in the October issue of Briefings on APCs



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