Wound Care Verbiage Matters
Wound centers that use IntellicureEHR enjoy the luxury of automatic documentation that coders understand and payers love, meaning healthier reimbursements and a better bottom line. Plus, it’s always compliant.
Dr. Caroline Fife, renowned wound physician and author of the Wound Care blog CarolineFifeMD.com, revealed a list of medical words that cause confusion for coders and payers because they’re often misunderstood or misinterpreted. Consider these 6 items your helpful tip for the week.
6 Wound Care Words that Confuse Coders & Payers
- Do not write that a “diabetic foot ulcer” was caused by the “pressure” of an ill-fitting shoe
- Do not call ulcers “wounds.”
- Do not call wounds “ulcers.” You know the difference and so do your coders and payers.
- Do not call any late effects of radiation symptoms “acute.”
- Do not say a person with bleeding from the bladder related to prior radiation has “hemorrhagic cystitis.”
- Despite the obvious contradiction, chronic arterial insufficiency is being used as a reason to deny the dysvascular neuropathic foot. So do not relate the two.
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