Is the new Plan of Care (POC) Requirement reason for alarm? QIRT explains what's actually new and what to do about it.
Effective QAPI can be useful to improve your agency outcomes and finances, but essential to QAPI is a focus on PIPs (Performance Improvement Projects).
Implemented correctly, effective QAPI can be useful to improve your agency outcomes and finances. QIRT experts have outlined three major effective QAPI concepts that we recommend you remember above all.
With the new Conditions of Participation (CoPs) going into effect January 13th, QIRT consultants have been receiving multiple calls from current and potential clients requesting that we provide them with a new policy and procedure manual that covers the new COPs. On the surface, this seems like an easy enough request - for a fee, QIRT... Continue Reading →
Completing the new Emergency Preparedness Plan (EP) for your home care agency is not an easy task and the time to finish is now. Caution should be used in preparation. Begin with QIRT's checklist.
Responses to scenarios for 12/1/14 ICD-9: Could you explain how to use V54.81 and V54.82 when coding patients who have had a joint replacement? V54.81, aftercare following joint replacement, has been commonly used for patients who have received a joint prosthesis or a repair of a joint prosthesis. V54.81 best reflects the type of care... Continue Reading →
Responses Scenarios for 11/10/14 Question: How do I code a patient who had a failed skin graft? Answer: There are two codes for rejection or failure of a skin graft. Code 996.52 is used for a rejection of a natural skin graft and 995.55 is used for dislodgment, displacement, failure, poor incorporation or shearing of an... Continue Reading →
Correct responses from 11/3/14 ICD 9: Is it true that I should always code a wound with a wound vac as complicated? What would you do? Answer: While initial use and majority of current wound vac use is related to complicated wounds, that is not an absolute. A wound vac is a treatment approach used... Continue Reading →
Correct responses from 10/27/14 ICD 9: Question: How do we know what integral symptoms are to a disease? We aren't supposed to code them with diseases like heart failure, but is there a list of them somewhere? Do you know the answer?? I'll post the official answer next week! Answer: There is no master list... Continue Reading →
Correct Responses to 10/20/14: Instead of a scenario, this week I'll ask you a question and give the official response next week! How do we know if osteoarthritis is localized or generalized if the documentation doesn't say? This can affect coding, especially after joint replacement surgery. ANSWER: If documentation doesn't indicate this, you will to... Continue Reading →