This book is designed to offer quick documentation tips for providers from a medical coder/auditor point of view. Medicare Risk Adjustment is ICD-9 driven. Specific and supportive documentation is very important not only for appropriate code selection but also to validate patient diagnoses. So what is it exactly that we look for when we are validating diagnoses? MEAT! We want to make sure that the diagnoses documented by the provider are Monitored, Evaluated, Addressed/Assessed, and Treated. Ultimately,specific and supportive documentation= appropriate coding = appropriate reimbursement.
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