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Accidental laceration criteria misunderstood

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 22, 2015

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I have come to realize that if something can be misinterpreted, it will be misinterpreted. The application of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Patient Safety Indicator (PSI) 15 is one of these situations.
Hospitals and surgeons don't want to look bad, and hospitals don't want to get financially dinged for reporting these events, which contributes to misapplication of the PSI. But the verbiage in the guidelines is open to interpretation, and that's part of the problem—different organizations interpret the guidelines differently.
PSI 15 tracks events during surgical procedures that can hurt patients. It does not track whether the patient actually suffers harm from the event.
Continue reading "Accidental laceration criteria misunderstood" by Robert S. Gold, MD, CEO of DCBA, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia, on the HCPro website. This article originally appeared in the June issue of Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies.

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