Documentation and Coding for Chronic Heart Failure in PACE

By: Sommer Huseman, RN, Risk Adjustment and Coding Specialist

Participants often enter PACE with limited understanding of their conditions and some have been treated for CHF without explicit awareness.  This treatment may be camouflaged by clinical setting – overlapping treatment of hypertension or renal conditions or a tendency for clinicians to downplay the diagnosis by referring to “pump problems” or other descriptions.  The astute practitioner will have a high index of suspicion…

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