Effective QAPI – 3 Important Concepts to Keep in Mind

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.

Why Your P&P Manual Must be as Unique as Your Agency

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 →

Responses for 12/1 and new scenarios/information for 12/8/14

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 to 11/10 Scenarios; New Scenarios for 11/17/14

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 →

Responses to 11/3; New Scenario for 11/10/14

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 →

Responses to 10/27 and New Scenario for 11/3/14

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 →

Responses to 10/20 Scenarios and New Scenarios for 10/27/14

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 →

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