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99% of CA UTIs Incorrectly Coded, Study Says
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New federal penalties for catheter-associated urinary tract infections that limit reimbursement to hospitals where they occur may be ineffective because hospital staffs often don’t accurately code those cases.

That’s the finding in a recent study by University of Michigan Health System’s Jennifer Meddings, MD, and others who wrote that hospital staff accurately used the correct ICD-9 code for CA-UTI, 996.64, only 1% of the time in a sample of patients hospitalized in 2007.