One of the most challenging aspects of inpatient coding is identification of the principal diagnosis. And as more services are moved from the outpatient to the inpatient setting, this becomes a more daunting task because the inpatients are “sicker” than they used to be. In this webinar, we familiarize learners with the official coding guidelines related to principal diagnosis selection, review Coding Clinic advice, and offer practical examples for code sequencing.
- Recognize the UHDDS definition of principal diagnosis
- Apply instructional, includes, and excludes notes to determine code sequencing
- Select the principal diagnosis (PDx) when more than one diagnosis potentially meets the PDx definition.
Terri Reid, CCS, CCS-P, CDIP, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer Terri comes to Haugen group with 25+ years of health information management experience in coding, auditing and education. She spent a number of years volunteering as an EMT and working in an Emergency Department before she transitioned into a career coding ED records. It wasn’t long before she was trained to code SDS and IP records eventually using her clinical background to help pioneer a concurrent query program at a level I trauma facility in the northeast. With the implementation of ICD-10, she helped develop coding protocols as well as provide education to physicians on the impact of their documentation. In addition to her HIM credentials (CDIP, CCS, CCS-P), Terri is also a certified paralegal and uses this knowledge to research and interpret various coding references in order to support coding advice. Her most frequently used auditing phrase is “There’s a Coding Clinic for that.” She is fascinated with new technology and loves to examine the etiology and impact of disease processes on the human body.
This webinar has been approved for 1 continuing education unit for use in fulfilling the continued education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting prior approval from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.
This program has the prior approval of the American Academy for Professional Coders (AAPC) for 1 continuing education hour. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.