Special Bulletin

An unvaccinated individual is 10 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19; 11 times more likely to die from it. EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was first reported today on Talk Ten Tuesdays. Let’s start with some facts: Smallpox, a viral disease that was around for millennia and killed an…
August 17, 2021

Important News for Coders: Quantifying the Sequelae Following Acute COVID-19

By Susan Gatehouse, RHIT, CCS,CPC, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
 Research shows that about 14 percent of adults developed at least one new clinical sequela requiring medical care after recovery from COVID-19, though many specifics have yet to be clarified. Though still well below the peaks seen in 2020, COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths in the U.S. are increasing, according…
Through the annual announcement, CMS said it is also turning its focus to “sustainability and readiness.” Federal officials hope that the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Final Rule issued Monday will provide a regulatory framework allowing the U.S. healthcare system to more evenly navigate through future public health emergencies (PHEs)…
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the Final Rule for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) that takes effect Oct. 1.  The rule updates payment policies for the 2022 fiscal year (FY), updates IRF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) requirements for FY 2022, and addresses comments related to the…
Medicare payment policies and rates are set to be adjusted for the 2022 fiscal year as a result of the moves. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) brought a four-pack of final rules to the backyard barbecue as the dog days of summer continue. The federal agency unveiled…
Details will be announced during the Talk Ten Tuesdays broadcast today. By Chuck Buck The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is releasing a new product brief on clinical documentation integrity (CDI), with details to be revealed today during the live edition of Talk-Ten-Tuesdays. “Clinical documentation integrity (CDI) and technology…
In an unprecedented move, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed in the 2022 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Rule to put back on the inpatient only list all the procedures that they removed from the inpatient only list starting this calendar year. The agency has also…
July 13, 2021

2022 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines Released, Highlighted by Post-COVID-19 Guidance

By Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
The effective date for the FY 2022 Official Guidelines is Oct. 1, 2021 Released earlier in the year than in the past, the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting of ICD-10-CM became available online on July 12. You can access the full guideline document at the Centers for Disease Control…