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PPV: Changing seasons means changing times for DRG severity and quality improvement

HIM-HIPAA Insider, September 25, 2007

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The fall season is under way, and change is in the air. For some of us, this means falling leaves and colder days. But for all of us, this means major changes for our hospital's medical record and quality departments. Effective October 1, our hospitals will transition to Medicare Severity DRGs (MS-DRG), forcing staff members to learn a completely new disease severity ranking system, as well as a new data element that identifies whether our diagnoses were present on admission (POA). Physicians are not exempt from the changing times and need to understand how the new MS-DRG system will work.

Editor's note: For more information on physician involvement in severity DRGs, click here. Subscribers to Medical Records Briefing can read the full article in the October 2007 issue. You can also purchase this article for $10 by clicking on the link above.



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