Special Bulletin

Using the phrase “Hx of” and substituting “F/U of” will  make a difference to the risk profile of outpatient providers.Lately I have been getting more requests from physicians to speak to them about outpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI) and how to ensure that their risk adjustment profiles accurately reflect the…
Puerto Rico hospitals continue to struggle in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.Reporting that only nine of 61 hospitals in Puerto Rico have electric power, a hospital billing company representative told Talk-Ten-Tuesdays listeners this past Tuesday that the lack of electricity is one of the biggest problems residents of the U.S.…
ICD10monitor is producing a two-day series of broadcasts featuring industry thought leaders presenting at the AHIMA 2017 Conference in Los Angeles next week.ICD10monitor will be broadcasting live from the American Health Information Management (AHIMA) 2017 Conference in Los Angeles next week, with a long lineup of subject matter experts scheduled…
EDITOR’S NOTE: At this hour Laurie Johnson is at the Fort Lauderdale Airport awaiting a Southwest Airline flight that is expected to return her tonight to Pittsburgh, Pa.BOCA RATON---Have you ever experienced preparations for a hurricane in a health information management (HIM) department? I just recently added this experience to…
Today my thoughts go out to the people of Texas, especially the first responders and caregivers and all of those being impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Harvey made landfall in Texas on Friday night as the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. in more than a decade, and because it has…
Important news recently came from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with the earlier-than-expected July 13 release of the Outpatient Prospective System (OPPS) proposed rule. The rule can be found in its entirety online at https://federalregister.gov/d/2017-14883.Per CMS, “the proposed rule would revise the Medicare hospital (OPPS) and the…