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Written by: Darlene D'Altorio-Jones (1959-2015) on Thursday, December 19, 2013 Posted in: Inpatient Rehab

At a time where every penny counts through slim margins and perhaps even slimmer margins when technical denials are on the rise in IRFs/Units; it is an absolute MUST that the tier and case mix group you assign to your patient is spot on. Not only is this important for reimbursement but essential for correct coding and attestation to the 60% rule in your facility. Despite the importance, many facilities must hire new coders and/or IRF PAI coordinators and have lacked the necessary teaching materials to truly bring on board both the facility and staff with the specificity of IRF coding. IRF coding for today and IRF coding for tomorrow — as one of the critically important jobs you will assign in your facility, Mediware can provide you with  assistance to tap into the right knowledge to get this job done well!

Coding is often a collaboration between a certified hospital coder and the IRF PAI manual knowledge owner; the PPS coordinator. Given this and the fact that the ‘debility’ patient seems to be the fastest rising condition being treating in IRF units, it is time to buckle down and get the appropriate education for your coders and IRF PAI coordinators. I had the pleasure of hearing Paula Digby, CCS, CDIP, CPC, CPCI, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, speak at the AMRPA conference last fall.

Light bulbs flashed overhead and I knew this education was exactly the type of information we needed for clients and non-clients alike to improve their ability to appropriately capture the correct information on both their UB-04 and the IRF PAI itself. After all, it’s not always a direct match and that’s OK! Register and listen in on this series of 4 webinars we will provide on the topic this year, taking you right into correct ICD-10 coding.

We feel it’s the right education to provide and we hope you take the time to listen in with us!

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