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1 Documentation for Acute Care Chapter 1 Clinical Documentation and the Healthcare Delivery System

2 Introduction Colonial America –Public hospitals developed solely for the purpose caring for the poor and isolating the sick 19th Century –Quality improvement efforts directed at medical school training

3 Introduction – cont’d Early 20 th century –Standardization of hospital care began Late 1940s –Hospital building boom –Modern surgical techniques –Antibiotics –Employers added health insurance coverage to compensation packages

4 Introduction – cont’d 1965 Amendment to Social Security Act –Medicare: Primary payer for the healthcare services provided to retired workers (and their spouses or surviving children) –Medicaid: Pays for healthcare services provided to indigent individuals and their families who qualify for benefits.

5 Introduction – cont’d Late 20 th century – modern healthcare, but at a cost –Americans have come to expect and demand the most advanced medical care available. –United States spends more on healthcare than any other industrialized nation. –Almost 44 million Americans have no health insurance

6 Healthcare Providers and Facilities Physicians and physician’s assistants Nurses and nurse practitioners Psychologists and clinical social workers Physical, respirator, and occupational therapists Dentists and dental hygienists Medical technologist and cytotechnologists Patient care technicians and paramedics Podiatrists and chiropractors

7 Healthcare Services Acute care Ambulatory care Behavioral health care Emergency and trauma care Home health care Hospice care Long-term care Rehabilitation care Skilled nursing care - also called subacute care

8 Trends in Healthcare Delivery Current system is a complex amalgam of payers, providers, and facilities that function more or less independently. In 2002, more than 15% of Americans had no health insurance coverage. Cost of healthcare services has grown at rate much faster than overall inflation.

9 Trends in Healthcare Delivery Most diagnostic services and noncritical therapeutic services have moved away from the acute care hospital setting. Many hospitals have merged with other general and specialty hospitals and subacute and ambulatory care providers to form integrated healthcare networks.

10 Hospital-based services Inpatient services provided in acute care hospital are reserved for the sickest patients and the most invasive medical procedures. Inpatient: An individual who receives healthcare services as well as room, board, and continuous nursing care in a hospital unit dedicated to providing around-the-clock patient care.

11 Hospital-based services Noninvasive diagnostic procedures, same-day surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy are now routinely performed in separate ambulatory facilities or in the outpatient departments of acute care hospitals. Outpatient: An individual who receives healthcare services in a hospital-based clinic or department but who is not admitted to a dedicated acute care unit.

12 Continuum of Care The sum of all the healthcare services provided in all settings, from the least intensive and specialized (and the least expensive) to the most intensive and specialized (the most expensive). –Primary –Secondary –Tertiary

13 Primary Care Services generally provided by physicians working in private offices, group practices, private clinics, or community-based clinics. Family practice, pediatrics and general internal medicine physicians Nurse practitioners or physician assistants

14 Primary Care Services Preventative care Routine screening and laboratory tests Physical examinations Diagnosis and treatment of minor infectious illnesses Diagnosis and management services for chronic illnesses Diagnosis and treatment of minor injuries

15 Secondary Care The diagnostic and therapeutic services provided by medical specialists working in private offices, specialty group practices, private clinics, community-based clinics, and general and community hospitals. Medical or surgical specialty care Both office-based and hospital-based care

16 Tertiary Care The provision of highly specialized and advanced diagnostic and therapeutic services in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. Usually provided by medical specialists working in large, urban hospitals and specialty clinics affiliated with nearby medical schools and universities.

17 Medical Necessity Will the services provided to a specific patient have a reasonable beneficial effect on his/her physical needs and quality of life at a specific point in his/her illness or life? An important consideration in modern reimbursement systems Driving force for complete and accurate clinical documentation.

18 How healthcare is reimbursed? Paid for by employers and provided to employees as part of their employment agreement: 1.Commercial health insurance plans 2.Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans (similar to commercial plans but structured as nonprofit entities) 3.Employer-based self-insurance plans funded directly by employers

19 How healthcare is reimbursed? 4. Government-sponsored health insurance programs 5. Commercial health insurance plans or Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans purchased by private individuals 6. Payments made directly to providers by healthcare consumers

20 Reimbursement Methods Retrospective payment systems – Based on the payment of fees charged according to the actual medical services provided. Traditional fee-for-service – Services paid for after they were provided and are based on a fee schedule.

21 Reimbursement Methods Managed fee-for-service – A negotiated discounted fee schedule with providers. Prospective reimbursement – A set fee for membership in a prepaid health plan and then all of the services the beneficiaries needed for the period of time are covered by their agreement

22 Managed Care Term used to describe several types of prepaid health plans that combine the delivery and financing components of healthcare. Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs)

23 Government-sponsored Prospective Payment Systems Developed to control healthcare spending Began in the early 1980s Bases reimbursement on patient classification groups

24 Government-sponsored Prospective Payment Systems Inpatient acute care – DRGs Physicians’ services – RBRVS Skilled nursing facilities – RUGs Outpatient Care – APCs Home Care – HHRGs Inpatient Rehabilitation - CMGs

25 Health Record Source of information to support reimbursement for services Complete, timely, and accurate clinical documentation –If it wasn’t documented, it didn’t happen

26 Chargemasters A database that maintains information the charges for services and the underlying costs associated with those services. Used to organize information on all of the goods and services the hospital provides to patients.

27 Chargemaster Information Charge dollar amount Charge code Item description General ledger key Revenue code Activity date CPT/HCPCS code Major insurance charge code Department code numbers

28 Capitation Contract between healthcare facility and a HMO to provide services to its enrollees. HMO agrees to pay the facility a negotiated fee as payment in full for the services regardless of actual charges.

29 Government-Sponsored Health Programs Medicare Medicaid TRICARE Civilian Health and Medical Program- Veterans Administration (CHAMPVA) Workers’ Compensation

30 Medicare Part A Implemented in 1966 for Social Security beneficiaries Largest single payer for healthcare services in the United States –Acute care services –Long-term care services –Home health care services –Hospice care services

31 Medicare Part B An optional supplemental medical insurance plan. –Emergency department services –Ambulatory surgery –Psychiatric care –Durable medical equipment –Occupational, physical, and speech therapy –Outpatient diagnostic/therapeutic services

32 Medicare Part C Also called Medicare+Choice Individuals who qualify for Medicare Parts A and B may choose Part C coverage as an alternative. Part C products include HMOs, private plans that choose to participate in the program, and medical savings accounts. –Long-term nursing care –Dental care –Eyeglasses and hearing aides –Self-administered prescription drugs

33 Medicare Prescription Drug Program Set for implementation in 2006 Will include: –Minimum monthly premiums –Significant deductibles and copayments

34 Medicaid Enacted in 1965 under Title XIX of the Social Security Act Contributes federal funds to the medical assistance programs operated by individual states.

35 Medicaid Services Inpatient hospital services Outpatient hospital services Prenatal care Vaccinations for children Physicians’ services Skilled nursing services for over 21 Family planning services/supplies Rural health clinics Home health services Lab and x-ray Pediatric and family nurse practitioners Nurse-midwife Ambulatory services Early and periodic screening and diagnostic/therapeutic services for children

36 Other Sources of Funding for Acute Care Services City/County government operating public hospitals State governments operating public hospitals Charitable foundations, religious orders, churches, and labor unions operate not- for-profit hospitals

37 Clinical Documentation in the Health Record depends on: The profession and specialty training of the healthcare provider The healthcare setting The type of healthcare service

38 Purposes of the health record: Ensuring the continuity of patient care among providers and along the continuum of care Providing a means for evaluating the outcomes, quality, and medical necessity of care Providing documentation to substantiate reimbursement claims Protecting the legal interests of patients, caregivers, and healthcare organizations

39 Purposes of the health record: Providing clinical data for biomedical research Supporting professional education of physician, nurses, and allied health professionals Supporting the operational management of healthcare organizations Providing health services data for public health planning and governmental policy making

40 Owners of the health record Legally, health records are considered the property of the healthcare provider that created them. Ethically, the personal information in each record still belongs to the patient. HIPAA established a consistent set of privacy and security rules for patient information.

41 Definition of the Health Record The legal health record Patient-identified source data Administrative data Derived data

42 The legal health record is: The official business record created at or for the healthcare organization. The portion of the health record that would be released upon request to parties outside of the organization.

43 Patient-Identifiable Source Data Data that are maintained in a separate database or location but are summarized in the legal health record in the form of clinical interpretations, notes, or other derivative reports.

44 Administrative Data Authorizations for release of information Birth and death certificates Patient identifiers Protocols, clinical pathways, practice guidelines, and other decision-support materials

45 Derived Data Information collected or summarized from health records in a form that does not include patient identifiers. Accreditation reports Public health records Statistical reports Anonymous patient data used for research purposes

46 Documentation Guidelines for Acute Care Unique to the type of hospital Must take into account all accreditation, federal and state licensure requirement and regulations. Support reimbursement AHIMA’s General Guidelines for Inpatient Documentation

47 Future of Clinical Documentation for Acute Care Electronic Health Record Systems EHR Functional Model Longitudinal Health Record Personal Health Record

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