Health Information Management

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

HIM-HIPAA Insider, September 25, 2007

Want to receive articles like this one in your inbox? Subscribe to HIM-HIPAA Insider!

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.

Want to receive articles like this one in your inbox? Subscribe to HIM-HIPAA Insider!

    Briefings on APCs
  • Briefings on APCs

    Worried about the complexities of the new rules under OPPS and APCs? Briefings on APCs helps you understand the new rules...

  • HIM Briefings

    Guiding Health Information Management professionals through the continuously changing field of medical records and toward a...

  • Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies

    Submitting improper Medicare documentation can lead to denial of fees, payback, fines, and increased diligence from payers...

  • Briefings on HIPAA

    How can you minimize the impact of HIPAA? Subscribe to Briefings on HIPAA, your health information management resource for...

  • APCs Insider

    This HTML-based e-mail newsletter provides weekly tips and advice on the new ambulatory payment classifications regulations...

Most Popular