Using Acute Respiratory Failure as Organ Failure

There have been questions surrounding what can be used as an indication of organ failure if there is documentation of acute respiratory failure with a new need for mechanical ventilation. (Acute respiratory failure as evidenced by a new need for invasive or non-invasive mechanical ventilation. Invasive mechanical ventilation requires an endotracheal or tracheostomy tube. Non-invasive mechanical ventilation (may be referred to as BiPAP) uses a mask.)…

Posted on Jun. 24, 2016 in How Should I Code This?

Appropriate Antibiotic Administration VS. Antibiotic Administration

When abstracting this element, there are two parts – 1) did the patient have IV antibiotics administered? (Was a broad spectrum or other antibiotic administered intravenously in the time window 24 hours prior to or 3 hours following the presentation of severe sepsis?) AND 2) were the appropriate antibiotics administered? (Was the intravenous (IV) antibiotic administered within 3 hours after the date and time of presentation…

Posted on Jun. 3, 2016 in How Should I Code This?

Consultant Spotlight: Sandy Dalen, MPA, BSW

Sandy began working with the Registry Partners Quality Division as a Validation Specialist in April, 2014 before being promoted to Senior Project Manager in November of 2015. Since day one, she has done an incredible job on each project she has been assigned. Her dedication to quality abstractions and determination for hard work and achieving excellence have contributed to Sandy’s success. She has assisted our existing…

Posted on May. 31, 2016 in Spotlight

Managing the Windows 10 Auto-Upgrade Headache

Several support tickets have come into the Registry Partners IT department within the last week where staff members have received an update to Windows 10 even if they did not want it or closed out of the Update pop-up window. This is due to Microsoft changing the behavior of that pop-up box. (Further explanation can be found here if you’re interested.)  To some, this may seem…

Posted on May. 27, 2016 in Corporate Security