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ICU Admission, Discharge, and Triage Guidelines

ICU Admission, Discharge, and Triage Guidelines: A Framework to Enhance Clinical Operations, Development of Institutional Policies, and Further Research aims to update the SCCM Guidelines for ICU ADT and to provide a framework for the development of institutional policies, further research, and discussion for future refinement of these recommendations


Critical Care Delivery: The Importance of Process and ICU Structure to Improved Outcomes

Summary of the findings of the American College of Critical Care Medicine Task Force on Models of Critical Care: 1) An intensivist-led, high-performing, multidisciplinary team dedicated to the ICU is an integral part of effective care delivery; 2) Process improvement is the backbone of achieving high-quality ICU outcomes; 3) Standardized protocols including care bundles and order sets to facilitate measurable processes and outcomes should be used and further developed in the ICU setting; and 4) Institutional support for comprehensive quality improvement programs as well as tele-ICU programs should be provided.


Guidelines for TeleICU Operations

The purpose of the Guidelines for TeleICU Operations is to assist practitioners in pursuing a sound course of action to provide effective and safe medical care that is founded on current information, available resources, and patient needs. The guidelines recognize that safe and effective practices require specific training, skills, and techniques, as described in each document. The resulting products are properties of the ATA and any reproduction or modification of the published guideline must receive prior approval by the ATA.


Telemedicine Is Medicine, Tele-ICU Is ICU, Tele-healthcare Is Healthcare

Presented during the 48th Critical Care Congress, this session is sponsored by Philips Healthcare. 


Coding Corner: Common Confusing Issues When Reporting Critical Care

This article was first published in the December 2018 issue of Critical Connections. Coding Corner addresses the continuing changes in coding and billing. 
 


Coding Corner: Nonphysician Practitioner Billing

This article was first published in the February 2018 issue of Critical Connections. Coding Corner addresses the continuing changes in coding and billing. 


Coding Corner: 2019 Billing and Coding Changes for Peripherally Inserted Venous Catheters

This article was first published in the February 2019 issue of Critical Connections. Coding Corner addresses the continuing changes in coding and billing. 


Coding Corner: Nonphysician Practitioner Billing

This article was first published in the April 2018 issue of Critical Connections. Coding Corner addresses the continuing changes in coding and billing. 


Coding Corner: Central Venous Access Procedures

This article was first published in the August 2018 issue of Critical Connections. Coding Corner addresses the continuing changes in coding and billing. 


Coding Corner: Wound Care Coding

This article was first published in the December 2019 issue of Critical Connections. Coding Corner addresses the continuing changes in coding and billing. 


Coding Corner: Revisiting Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Services

This article was first published in the May/June/July 2019 issue of Critical Connections. Coding Corner addresses the continuing changes in coding and billing. 

Neonatal and pediatric critical care coding guidelines have been modified over the years, but the definitions remain the same. The patient must meet the same clinical criteria as for the adult critical care codes 99291 and 99292. Critical care can be provided by a physician(s) or other qualified healthcare professional(s) of medical care for critically ill or injured patients.


Multiprofessional Critical Care Review Course: Adult Introduction

This is the introduction presentation from the 2017 Multiprofessional Critical Care Review Course: Adult (MCCRC).


What to Do When a Payer Audits Your Documentation

This article was originally published in the November 2019 issue of Critical Connections. Medicare and private payers continue to focus on audits to recover improper payments. You need to be prepared for the possibility of an audit.


Advanced Practitioners and Critical Care for Medicare Patients

This article was originally published in the Spring 2020 Issue of Critical Connections. The article covers the requirements for coding and billing for Medicare patients. 


SCCM Pod-375 Medical Emergency Calls and Hospital Mortality

Todd Fraser, MD, speaks with John D. Santamaria, MBBS, MD, FRACP, FCICM, FCCP, about the article “Increasing the Number of Medical Emergency Calls Does Not Improve Hospital Mortality” (Santamaria J, et al. Crit Care Med. 2018;46:1063-1069).


SCCM Pod-386 Tele-ICUs

Kyle B. Enfield, MD, and Craig M. Lilly, MD, FCCM, examine tele-ICUs. Dr. Lilly presented on this topic at the Society's 48th Critical Care Congress and here he continues the discussion of tele-ICUs’ function, development, and necessity.


SCCM Pod-388 Choosing Wisely in Critical Care

Ranjit Deshpande, MD, and Ruth M. Kleinpell, PhD, RN, ACNP, FCCM, discuss the results of the Choosing Wisely national survey from the Critical Care Societies Collaborative (Kleinpell R, et al. Crit Care Med. 2019;47:331-336).


SCCM Pod-390 Telehealth and Patient Outcomes

Ranjit Deshpande, MD, and Donna Lee Armaignac, PhD, APRN, CCNS, CCRN, discuss maximizing positive patient care outcomes through telemedicine.


SCCM Pod-402 Early Palliative Care Consultations in the ICU

Kyle B. Enfield, MD, and Marin H. Kollef, MD, discuss the findings and design of the cluster randomized crossover trial on early palliative care consultation in the medical intensive care unit (ICU) published in the December 2019 issue of Critical Care Medicine.


SCCM Pod-419 Hemodynamic Monitoring in the ICU

Review how to best utilize parameters provided by minimally invasive advanced hemodynamic monitors.