Journal Article

IR-DRGs and CDI in the UAE

Published in the Journal of AHIMA, April 2019, 
by Wilbur Lo, MD, CDIP, CCA. 

Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) holds much promise for healthcare providers beyond the United States, including exciting opportunities for AAH and other providers in the UAE related to International Refined Diagnosis-Related Groups. In order to appreciate how CDI could be applied in relation to IR-DRGs in the UAE, let’s first set the stage with a quick overview of the methodology of IR-DRGs, which are utilized by many countries.

Designed by 3M for international healthcare, IR-DRGs are versatile and code-independent, meaning that IR-DRGs provide the same results in classifying patients regardless of the type of coding systems used. This allows uniform comparisons across countries. In the UAE, IR-DRGs generated from ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes and CPT-4 procedure codes are used for ambulatory and inpatient facility reimbursement. ICD-10-PCS codes are not utilized to generate IR-DRGs in the UAE.

Publication Date: April 24, 2019

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Source: Lo W. IR-DRGs and CDI in the UAE: AHIMA World Congress. [Blog post]. April 24, 2019.