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Participation in a CCM program by primary care physicians remains low. Now that we appreciate the numerous benefits of starting a chronic care management (CCM) program, both from the standpoint of patient care and reimbursement, while acknowledging some of the reasons behind the hesitation among some providers to initiate one,…
There are some remaining contamination issues and human errors that produce false positives. In previous articles, I discussed the frequency of false positives in COVID-19 PCR tests (False Positives in PCR Tests for COVID-19) and the resulting impacts (Impacts of False Positive Results in COVID-19 Tests). Ever since PCR tests…
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and it seems additionally appropriate to review diabetes when there is a focus on chronic diseases.     According to the World Health Organization (WHO), diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin…
EDITOR’S NOTE: In light of the fact that this Thursday Americans will be celebrating Thanksgiving, we are republishing this article that appeared here on Sept. 29, as a guide to help families navigate potential social landmines while discussing current events around the dinner table. H. Steven Moffic, MD is a…
New COVID cases reported daily have more than doubled during recent weeks, since a more modest July surge. As the nation’s COVID-19 pandemic continues to spiral out of control, federal authorities are racing to find ways to mitigate the spread. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last…
False positives distort various epidemiological statistics. In a previous article ("False Positives in PCR Tests for COVID-19"), I discussed the evidence regarding false-positive rates of COVID-19 PCR tests, and walked the reader through an example explaining the mathematics of how these rates lead to a large fraction of positive results…
The mood of the country impacts claims. There are a few words that can be associated with the pandemic and the election. These words are the following: Stress – a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances Anxiety – a feeling of…
Federal approval of the Pfizer vaccine, believed to be better than 90 percent effective, could occur before the end of the month. When the long-awaited and much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine becomes available in the U.S., a development that could take place before the end of the year, a set of new…
The prevalence of misinformation coming from the most trusted form of coronavirus test may be more significant than previously thought. Three types of tests are used to diagnose current, active infection by the COVID-19 virus: PCR tests, rapid molecular tests, and antigen tests. PCR tests are generally held to be…
Part I of the Talk Ten Tuesdays broadcast airs today, with the next two parts to follow on subsequent Tuesdays, 10 a.m. EST. During the next three Tuesdays, Talk Ten Tuesdays listeners will be part of an adventure, as we will be reporting on a story that has not been…
CCM comprises up to 85 percent of the Medicare beneficiary population. With chronic care management (CCM) representing such a tremendous opportunity to help your most at-risk patients while also boosting your Medicare reimbursement, it begs the question: why wouldn’t a provider want to implement it? CCM services are personal, remote…
There are false negatives; there are false positives; there are untested individuals with disease.  I am in the process of developing a 90-minute COVID-19 webinar for ICDUniversity in December to outline new codes and updates, and my inbox is replete every day with articles about the coronavirus. On Sunday, I…
Already stress and anxiety are building as America awaits the outcome of today’s Presidential Election. Some might wonder why I am discussing a political situation when this is a website devoted to ICD medical coding. Well, it’s for two main reasons. One is that the incidence of many full-blown psychiatric…
Coding audits provide insight into the process of coding itself. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has developed several healthcare compliance programs, and within the key elements of these programs you will find forms of auditing, along with monitoring. Auditing is viewed…
The ICD-10-PCS codes can be found in the XW0 Table for the drug infusions. There were new ICD-10-PCS codes implemented on Aug. 1, involving substances associated with the treatment of COVID-19. As we know, these codes are not to be assigned unless the substances were used to treat coronavirus. Here…
In many ways, CDI is the perpetuator of self-inflicted denials through the query process.  Unprecedented times require unprecedented actions, with all hospitals and health systems currently facing undue financial stress related to the ongoing (and raging) COVID-19 pandemic. The American Hospital Association (AHA), in its report issued June 30, indicated…
An update on ICD-11 There is much going on with ICD-11 – but more so in other countries of the world than the United States, however.    I have a seat on the NCVHS (National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics) now, a four-year appointment that began last March. There are…
Sepsis is diagnosed through clinical judgment. One of the forums I monitor recently saw a question about sepsis and SEP-1, which elicited this article. SEP-1 is the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program measure titled “Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: Management Bundle.” The issue that Dr. Todd Brown raised was that…
Is this “new normal” a false reality? As we are now well into October, many months into COVID-19, I think we all have to look at what all the associated changes are going to mean for healthcare. I have been seeing so many telehealth advocates saying “the genie is out…
Hospitalizations are rising and have hit a two-month high; deaths are trending upwards There are now 40 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, with more than 20 percent of them here in the United States. As President Trump holds outdoor political campaign rallies multiple times a day – with no…
Political discussions with family and friends could trigger emotional stress. EDITOR’S NOTE: With a presidential election fraught with enormous ramifications and stakes rapidly approaching, RACmonitor/ICD10monitor Publisher Chuck Buck recently sat down with renowned psychiatrist H. Steven Moffic, MD to talk over the key issues relating to mental health. What follows…
Federal healthcare oversight authorities have spent much of the last six months promoting the use of telehealth services.   It’s not the first time during the current COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) that federal healthcare authorities have promoted the use of telehealth services – and it probably won’t be the…
ICD-10-CM Mnemonics are updated for 2020. As the healthcare industry is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the adoption of ICD-10-CM/PCS, an appropriate celebration to mark the occasion would be to revisit Learning ICD-10-CM by Mnemonics, which has been updated for 2020.
The table below provides chapters, beginning letters of the…
A well-known complication of atrial fibrillation for patients to form clots. EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Remer reported this story during a recent edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays. A while ago, Allen Frady and Dr. Ronald Hirsch were having a lively discussion on LinkedIn regarding atrial fibrillation and the diagnosis of D68.69,…
There is a term we now use for patients who are suffering from sequela conditions of COVID-19 which is Long Haulers. There are many conditions/signs symptoms and late effects of COVID-19 we are learning about every day and the list keeps growing.  What are post-COVID patients experiencing?  Many of post…
As we all know, President Trump has returned to the White House after a three-day stay at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was hospitalized with COVID-19. His care is continuing around the clock in the White House Medical Unit by a team of healthcare providers led by…
All payers are becoming more aggressive with their claim reviews. COVID-19 alone may trigger enough denials or requests for records to keep one or more people busy at each of our healthcare organizations.  If you haven’t already memorialized the many coding guidance documents from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…
The term “antibody” has entered our main-stream vocabulary due to the advent of SARS-CoV-2 with manifestation of disease as COVID-19. Antibodies are also called immunoglobulins. They are protein/carbohydrate structures of five different classes produced in defensive response to a foreign invader. Each class binds to alien structures responsible for inducing…
The hiatus of audits was short-lived.  The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting public health emergency (PHE) has brought about massive and quick changes in the healthcare industry, notably among them the temporary suspension of Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) audits. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) suspended most audits on…
Documentation of strokes is tricky. My personal provider’s MyChart has become pretty sophisticated. In preparation for an outpatient visit with my doctor, I have to review many aspects of my health history, including past medical history, medications, and allergies, and I have the opportunity to request edits. The provider must…
Not all new technologies are created equal.  Facility-specific coding guidelines are key to code hospital visits and encounters consistently. Another role that facility-specific guidelines play is to capture all possible reimbursement that is due to an organization.    Every Oct. 1, the MS-DRGs and ICD-10-CM/PCS are updated. In addition to the…
Effective research leads to correct coding. With the 2021 ICD-10 code updates already in use and the CPT® and HCPCS updates right around the corner, this is a prime time to talk about researching as a core skill for optimal coding. Why are research skills important? Years ago, I worked…
EDITOR’S NOTE: H. Steven Moffic, MD is a nationally renowned psychiatrist and award-winning author whose fifth book, “The Ethical Way: Challenges & Solutions for Managed Behavioral Health,“ is considered a seminal study in healthcare ethics. Also a popular guest on the Talk-Ten-Tuesdays Internet radio broadcast, Dr. Moffic recently received the…
Major changes are found in the 2021 Evaluation and Management guidelines. As we enter the final quarter of 2020, I hope everyone is committed to being prepared for the 2021 evaluation and management (E&M) changes, because they’re locked in, and the focus going forward should be on education for coders,…
The practice of medicine takes clinical criteria into consideration, but clinical judgment can override criteria. As I was deleting emails one morning, I saw a picture of Cynthia Tang, as in Pinson & Tang, authors of the annually updated CDI Pocket Guide. I had never met her, so I was…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Edward Hu, MD, CHCQM-PHYADV, a past president of the American College of Physician Advisors, also contributed to this article. Dr. Hu and Dr. Banker both participated in a series of meetings with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officials, with the end result being the recently issued…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Lisa Banker, MD contributed to the following report.Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) were warned by federal health officials last week to issue an appealable organization determination when denying or recouping part or all of a payment from a non-contracted provider. The directive came in the form of a Centers for…
Regulatory upheaval continues amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A series of MLN Matters articles posted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website earlier this month covered a variety of topics, including, of particular note, a rundown of changes made by the October 2020 update of the Ambulatory…
Appeals court rules HHS has the authority to reduce payments. In November of last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) decided to move forward with a two-year phase-in of site-neutral payments, despite a decision in court earlier in the year siding with hospitals in their fight to…
The pandemic disrupted the stability surrounding food, shelter, and sleep. Because Healthfirst has long supported the health needs of underserved New Yorkers, we understand the impact of the social determinants of health (SDoH) on the underemployed, financially challenged seniors, and underrepresented minorities. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we had a…
The flu season is coming. There has been much discussion about COVID-19 this year, but as autumn approaches, thoughts turn towards influenza season. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Policies (ACIP) recently published guidelines for flu vaccination. Their advice is that routine annual vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months of…
Action applies to the Medicare Accelerated and Advanced Payment Loan Program. In March, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded the Accelerated and Advanced Payment Program (AAP) due to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), in an effort to increase cash flow to providers. Under the current terms, repayment for…
On Sept. 8, the American Medical Association (AMA) released two new codes related to the coding and reporting of COVID-19 testing and management. The additions include one new code in the Pathology and Laboratory sections and one new code in the Medicine section of CPT. A summary of the new…
The Coordination and Maintenance Committee meetings were held virtually on Sept. 8 and 9. For proposals presented for an April 1, 2021 effective date, comments are due by Oct. 9, 2020. For proposals presented for an Oct. 1, 2021 effective date, comments are due by Nov. 9, 2020.  Comments may…
Twice a year, in March and September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance (C&M) Committee meets, and the public is encouraged to participate. I personally find it extremely rewarding. I feel like I am contributing to the evolution of the ICD-10-CM code set. I…
According to ICD-10, gone are the days when you had to be chemically dependent on a substance in order to experience withdrawal (I will defer my criticism of that logic to another time):  F10 Alcohol abuse with withdrawal series F11 Opioid abuse with withdrawal series F13 Sedative, anxiety, or hypnotic…
The Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Final Rule for the 2021 fiscal year has been finalized, including updates to the guidelines that need to be implemented for ICD-10-CM and PCS. The following is an overview of what’s in store for guideline changes, come Oct. 1. For ICD-10-CM, there are 14…
2020 has been a very different year than previous years, as far as code development and release go. The Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Proposed Rule for the 2021 fiscal year was released later than expected. The ICD-10-CM/PCS codes were published on time. And now, the IPPS Final Rule is…
Listeners of Talk Ten Tuesdays may remember that earlier this summer, my 89-year-old father tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 via a saliva polymerase chain reaction test, which his caregivers performed as an attempt to catch COVID-19 infections early, on instructions from the state department of health. The results were returned five…
The 2021 evaluation and management (E&M) changes are definitely happening. We’ve seen the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule for next year, and there’s no provision there to delay or cancel them. To recap, for office/outpatient E&M codes 99202-99215 – remember that 99201 will be deleted – CPT® is removing…
Medicare spending on acute-care inpatient hospital services will increase by about $3.5 billion in FY 2021 As the healthcare industry continues to be buffeted by the unrelenting coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH)…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article, originally published on RACmonitor and ICD10monitor, has been updated to alert facilities that COVID-19 testing inclusions will have a fiscal impact starting Sept. 1, 2020. Effective Sept. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has enlisted a mandate requiring hospitals to have positive COVID-19…
Recently, on Talk Ten Tuesdays, I encouraged you all to comply with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This week, I would like to share some thoughts about how we can improve our health and maintain our sanity while working remotely and practicing social distancing.…
The concern of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Medical Association (AMA) now weighs in on the pushback. September is “National Immunization Awareness Month” and in the spirit of access of vaccines for children, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a 3rd amendment to…
In my first article of this series, I outlined how most clinical documentation integrity (CDI) programs began in response to either the creation of the DRG reimbursement system under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) or implementation of the MS-DRG system, which expanded the impact of documentation and coding practices…
2020 has been a very different year than previous years, as far as code development and release go. The Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Proposed Rule for the 2021 fiscal year was released later than expected. The ICD-10-CM/PCS codes were published on time. And now, the IPPS Final Rule is…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Remer reported this story this morning on Talk Ten Tuesdays. Sunday morning, I received an email from my father’s assisted living facility, indicating that several residents and staff had tested positive for COVID-19 during their newly implemented routine testing of all residents and staff. For the next…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Julia Brodt is a microbiologist with 12 years of medical research experience and 22 years teaching in higher education who, along with her husband, John K. Hall, MD, is a member of the RACmonitor Editorial Board and a recurring special guest on Monitor Mondays. This is the first…
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized the Section 1557 final rule in June, gearing it toward removing civil rights protections for transgender or non-binary patients seeking federal payor coverage for treatment. But in follow-up statements, and recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, it has been recommended that…
Eligible healthcare facilities have begun to recover lost revenue from COVID care for uninsured patients through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Provider Relief Fund. However, with benefits subject to funding limitations, and the recently proposed removal of an additional $25 billion from the Provider Relief Fund,…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Remer reported on this topic during a recent edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays. We are getting more sophisticated and knowledgeable about COVID-19, but I am still getting a lot of questions. Many of them are variations on the theme of what to do with patients who are…
The move is already stirring up questions and concerns. Amid the more than 300 pages of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law back in March was a clause of great interest to healthcare providers: a provision to increase the weighting factor of the applicable…
The CDI profession has failed to effectively articulate its value in the revenue cycle. Role-based versus task-based business processes can play a major role in driving operational performance of any department or organization. From a business perspective, each department of a company or firm contributes to the overall success and…
Released Aug. 4, the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule for 2021 would eliminate the Medicare inpatient-only list of services while increasing the number of Ambulatory Service Center (ASC)-eligible procedures. The rule would also increase 340B payment cuts, and looks to overhaul the hospital star-rating system. The Centers for…
Physicians and parents are warned about the re-emergence of this illness. In October 2018, ICD-10monitor reported initially on acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an update regarding the status of AFM earlier this month. AFM is considered a medical emergency, and the United…
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was originally published online last week, but following review by members of the editorial board to correct minor factual errors, it has been revised and republished.  IntroductionThe COVID-19 pandemic has brought about robust changes to the traditional practice of healthcare in the United States. In a time…
Frontline healthcare providers are being forced to make difficult decisions for their kids as schools open up. As the nation’s schools are preparing various options for reopening, parents are dealing with a difficult decision of how to navigate their and their children’s future. For those who still have employment, parents…
CMS will leverage existing evaluation and management (E&M) payment codes to reimburse eligible providers for the coronavirus counseling services.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will make payment available to physicians and providers for counseling patients at the time of COVID-19 testing about the importance of self-isolation after they are…
New PCS codes were released late last week and are effective Aug. 1, 2020. The codes are considered V37.2. There are 12 new procedure codes, and they are related to COVID-19.The good news is that these procedure codes are not designated as DRG OR procedures, so they do not affect…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Remer reported on this topic during today’s edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays. We are getting more sophisticated and knowledgeable about COVID-19, but I am still getting a lot of questions. Many of them are variations on the theme of what to do with patients who are being…
The headlines have been coming fast and furious: Judge rules against hospitals in price transparency lawsuit (June 2020) Hospitals to challenge loss on site-neutral payments (July 2020) Hospitals lose legal battle to 304B Drug Cut (July 2020) CMS Proposes eliminating “inpatient only” list (August 2020)   Does anyone see a…
EDITOR’S NOTE: With the resurgence of the coronavirus, the toll among America’s frontline caregivers could be especially taxing, particularly for nurses. And while much attention has been focused on physician burnout, in a recent interview conducted by Chuck Buck with Dr. H. Steven Moffic, the focus shifted to nurses. A…
Many of us have been immersed in COVID-19 and telehealth billing, coding, and the varying rules among payors of late, all the while the clock has remained ticking on the looming changes to evaluation and management (E&M) services, effective Jan. 1, 2021. It is possible, too, that there are those…
Housing has long been a hot topic among healthcare organizations striving to address the complex needs of populations at risk of homelessness. Over half a million people were living on the street during the January 2019 annual point-in-time count, and this number is expected to dramatically rise courtesy of COVID-19.…
A colleague of mine called me recently. The reimbursement rates for PACE, or “Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly” in Florida had dropped 20 percent suddenly. He asked if I knew why.  To answer his question, let’s talk about “per member, per month” (PMPM) and prospective payments. In the…
A few weeks ago, I introduced my new project; I’m affectionately referring to it as “A Question a Day Keeps the Queries Away.” It is going to be a curriculum for providers, clinical documentation improvement specialists (CDISs), and coders, taught in parallel. It takes me a while to research the…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first installment of a four-part series that explores the past, present and future of clinical documentation integrity (CDI). To understand where we are as a clinical documentation integrity (CDI) profession, it is important to understand how and why the profession began.  In the following months,…
We are learning more every day about the sequela conditions that might arise as a result of COVID-19. The early studies have found decreased lung function that might not be reversible, as well as potentially permanent damage to the heart, kidneys, and liver, along with GI conditions. Scientists and clinicians…
The CDI profession has failed to effectively articulate its value in the revenue cycle. An American Hospital Association (AHA) report released June 30 finds that the financial strain facing hospitals and health systems due to COVID-19 will continue through at least the end of 2020, with total losses expected to be at…
When I was a physician advisor, our system had a malnutrition crisis. It wasn’t that we had an explosion of unexpected cases; we were not getting the diagnosis captured when it was clinically present, relevant, and significant. When we created an electronic solution of having the provider attest to the…
One billion dollars is a big number, but more astounding to me, as it pertains to a recent finding by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG), was that hospitals were found to have incorrectly documented and/or coded severe malnutrition 86.5 percent of…
Choosing a proper office visit code can become confusing unless one understands the rules separating preventative medicine and evaluation and management coding. Preventative medicine codes are meant only for the reporting of asymptomatic patients. In order to assign a preventative code, a comprehensive evaluation must be documented. The scope of…
ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting FY 2021 have been updated and released, noting many changes related to COVID19 and its observation and screening codes. EDITOR’S NOTE: During recent weeks, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been announcing revisions to its regulatory requirements on a near-daily…
I am continuing my project, “A Question a Day Keeps the Query Away,” and today’s topic is functional quadriplegia. Let me preface this TalkBack with: this is an example of a coding construct that does not have a clinical diagnosis correlate. These types of diagnoses drive some physicians crazy. When…
The FY21 ICD-10-CM codes were released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 1, 2020.  The new and updated diagnosis codes are another part of the preparation for FY21 which begins on October 1, 2020. The final codes were very similar to the diagnosis codes that…
Telehealth use has surged during the coronavirus pandemic, with the technology spreading far and fast. Doctors and patients alike must be wondering if this is the beginning of a whole new kind of doctor–patient relationship, one that might totally transform our health care system? Maybe. But I’m not convinced, and…
The move comes amid localized spikes in COVID-19 cases occurring nationwide. Federal officials said Friday that they are ending an emergency blanket waiver intended to reduce administrative burden on nursing homes amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) said that effective August 14, nursing…
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided some guidance within the “Medicare and Medicaid Programs Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency” interim final rule (IFR), allowing for remote patient monitoring, or RPM. This type of patient care is very helpful for…
Even with a relatively low mortality rate, the U.S. had a population of 325 million that was entirely vulnerable to the novel coronavirus. The case fatality rate is skewed older. Consider this: one out of every six people over the age of 80 may ultimately succumb to COVID-19. We do…
A Talk Ten Tuesdays listener recently sent me a question that encouraged a dialogue between us. The question was “can obesity class 3 be assigned the code for morbid obesity?” I had to do a little research, as I did not know the answer immediately. After reviewing the Index of…
As payors both in government (Medicare) and the commercial arena (private plans) see the recoupment rate of services billed incorrectly or non-compliantly skyrocket, the payor audit is not going away anytime soon. This awareness is now producing more audits of physicians than ever before, directly contributing to higher rates of denials. Audits take time…
I conceived a new project that triggered last week’s TalkBack segment on the Talk Ten Tuesdays weekly Internet radio broadcast, and I would love your feedback on the concept. My vision is to design a comprehensive clinical documentation improvement (CDI) curriculum and teach it in small, digestible aliquots. There are…
With concerns of COVID-19 having a disproportionate impact on certain individuals, such as minorities and the elderly, public health experts are requiring more detailed data, provided on a real-time basis – further supporting the reliability and integrity of data being central to healthcare. Though rates of new COVID-19 cases in…
Outpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs have moved into the mainstream, as hospitals and healthcare systems continue to embrace consulting companies’ push into the outpatient arena. As the CDI profession matures and the market for CDI consulting becomes more highly competitive and less lucrative, these companies have identified a new…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. David Jury is active in the Fundamentals of Critical Care Support course committee of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) which made possible the contribution of this essay along with editorial support from Piyush Mathur, MD, FCCM who is a staff anesthesiologist and critical care physician…
Over the past few months, the folks at ICD10monitor have seen an increase in website searches regarding two specific ICD-10-CM codes: U07.1 (COVID-19) and F32.9 (Major depressive disorder, unspecified). Some say that this is a sign of the times, and that may be absolutely true, considering what has gone on…