Welcome to Coffee with the Coder®, our conversation with Paula Digby and her team to address issues, observations and questions for Health Information Management professionals, physicians, auditors, payors and students. You are invited to listen in for ten minutes every other Monday and to submit your favorite questions or comments for Coffee with the Coder®

In Episode 53, Paula Digby clarifies whether a Rehab Physician can provide a diagnosis that was not present during the preceding acute care stay as the etiologic for an inpatient rehab stay and how this practice is viewed by auditors. The second question is about the 7th character for injuries as comorbidities on the IRF-PAI and the final one asks about implementing the new reduced documentation for History and Exam elements. 

Ms Digby mentions this document in her answer to the second question: 
https://www.aha.org/system/files/advocacy-issues/letter/2017/170626-let-nickels-cms-inpatient-rehabilitation-pps-fy2018.pdf 

Congratulations to today’s winner, Angie in South Carolina! This “mug shot” is Tabbetha, the Winner from Episode 11.

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