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99% of CA UTIs Incorrectly Coded, Study Says

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 17, 2010

"Because coding of hospital-acquired CA-UTI seems to be fraught with error, nonpayment as required by CMS policy for this complication is unlikely to occur reliably," the authors wrote.

"Accordingly, the effective implementation of this policy will require an enhanced auditing process by the CMS, which could vitiate any financial gains anticipated from nonpayment for this complication."

Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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