Color-Coded OR Procedures Alert Nurses to ICD-9 Vol 3 Status without Leaving DRG Page

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  • Durham, NC (1888PressRelease) October 11, 2012 - Clinical documentation integrity (CDI) nurses now have an easier way to spot hospital allowances while staying on a Diagnostic Related Grouper (DRG) details' page. "Nurses think in DRGs," says Jen Godreau, CPC, CPMA, CPEDC, director of development and operations for, owned by The Coding Institute. With DRG Coder, a nurse can search by DRG. Along with the official descriptor and Major Diagnostic Category (MDC) crosswalk, the nurse can see the related DRGs. These tell the nurse if a higher or lower paying DRG might be more appropriate based on the patient's condition, for instance, the patient has a major comorbid condition (MCC).

    Nurses can also see the associated ICD-9 volume 1 and ICD-9 volume 3 or procedure code. SuperCoder shows whether a procedure is allowed to be performed in the operating room right on the DRG code details page. Then, the nurse can click on the ICD-9 volume 3 code and go right to that code's details where the OR (Valid operating room procedure) or Non-OR (Non-valid operating room procedure) symbol is again shown. By pulling symbols into color-coded messages, the nurse gets optimal info at each level for maximum efficiency, explains Godreau.

    Commenting on the benefits of this online resource, Godreau explains, "While our competition is focused on health systems and does not bother helping groups with even 200 users, DRG Coder is driven to make products that work for coders and nurses and provide support and training for them." She adds, "Users of well-know hospital reimbursement system still need to fall back on coding books for their hospital coding work. SuperCoder's DRG Coder is one resource that gives you the freedom from your coding books by providing a real coding solution across Part A and B without changing pages or sites!

    DRG Coder now also includes Inpatient Facility Coding & Compliance Alert that provides documentation, reimbursement, and coding advice on the hottest topics affecting hospitals. "National hospital reimbursement expert Duane Abbey, PhD, will share his expert insight as consulting editor for the just launched newsletter. Every month, HIMs, COs, and coders will gain documentation, reimbursement, and coding advice on the hottest topics affecting hospitals. The newsletter will provide its subscribers a new 8-page PDF and about three articles and five reader questions."

    "We also have personal notes on CPT hierarchy page; the notes are name and time stamped so that staff can have a string that admin can edit," informs Godreau.

    Talking about some of the other just-in features of DRG Coder, Godreau explains, "We have made DRG code searching easier. Now you don't need to enter a '0' or two '0's before a single or double digit DRG. Simply search using the DRG's 1-9 numerals and you'll get a list of matching codes including DRGs provided you're a subscriber to DRG Coder."

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