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Given the massive number of new ICD-10 codes and the Oct. 1, 2016 compliance date, HRS and ICD10monitor are producing a special-edition Internet broadcast that will focus on the imperative of pre-bill auditing.The free broadcast will air live at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4. The 60-minute live event is being sponsored…
In order to determine what makes a query leading versus non-leading, I would like to use a coding question I received recently. It goes like this… “Our doctors here frequently document ‘acute respiratory distress.’ They are using J80 for this, which codes to ‘acute respiratory distress syndrome’ (ARDS).”I responded by noting that…
Though ICD-10-PCS (procedure) codes are only required for billing purposes on inpatient claims, ICD10monitor wanted to know how many of you are using them for your outpatient claims.For billing purposes, facilities are only required to code and submit CPT® codes for outpatient services; however, pre-ICD-10 implementation, many facilities captured both…
One of the most vexing issues coding professionals face when coding for infusions and drug administration is the absence of start and stop times.According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Transmittal 902, hospitals are to report codes that indicate the actual time in which an infusion is…
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One thing always remains the same in healthcare: change. With the implementation of ICD-10 we found out how disruptive some of these changes can actually be, and it appears that this was only a precursor to even more change in healthcare, with the implementation of new quality payment initiatives.During the…
The long-awaited update to the CT lung screening national coverage determination (NCD) was finally released this month. As you may recall, current smokers who were otherwise eligible were omitted from the NCD-covered codes released last year. That is the really good news. The really bad news is that at least…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final installment of a two-part series that examines episodes of care as healthcare payment model. Part I was published on July 19, 2016. The financing of healthcare is rapidly changing in this country. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has introduced a wide array…
Excessive heat warnings and heat advisories have been published recently for much of the Great Plains, Mississippi Valley, Midwest, Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic states, and Southern U.S., according to the National Weather Service. The United States has also experienced dry weather this summer, and some areas are in exceptional drought, such as…
FEATURING Kathy Pride, RHIT, CPC, CCS-P, CPMA, Sandra L. Brewton, RHIT, CCS, CHCA, CPC, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer; Jonathan LaFleur, BSN, RN, CCS; Laurie M. Johnson, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA, AHIMA Approved ICD-10 CM/PCS Trainer; Cesar M. Limjoco, MD; and Joseph C. Nichols, MD

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The changing clinical indicators for sepsis have ignited a firestorm of debate at all levels of the healthcare industry. This month’s column provides a quick review of the changes and identifies three primary impacts to clinical coding as the new guidelines phase in.Comparing sepsis indicatorsThe existing clinical indicators we have…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a two-part series that examines episodes of care as healthcare payment model. Part II will be published on July 26, 2016.The financing of healthcare is rapidly changing in this country. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has introduced a wide array…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Star Trek Beyond will be released on July 22, 2016. The fourth installment in the rebooted sci-fi series is to begin production on Sept. 26, 2016.If you are unfamiliar with the Star Trek brand, it began with a TV series in 1966 with William Shatner as Captain Kirk…
Last fall’s implementation of ICD-10 throughout the nation’s healthcare industry did not produce the dire financial impacts many had feared, according to new data recently unveiled by Crowe Horwath LLP.“The conversion … was expected to have far-reaching effects. Anticipated impacts included delays in billing and coding, the potential for increased…
GUEST CO-HOST Mary Beth Pace, RN, BSN, MBA, ACM, CMAC Trinity Health SPECIAL GUEST Sue Bowman, MJ, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA ALSO FEATURING Rudy Braccili, Jr., MBA, CPAM, CRCE; Bonnie S. Cassidy, MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA, FHIMSS; Laurie A. McBrierty, MLT, ASCP; and Stanley Nachimson

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Hard on the heels of one of the deadliest Middle East bombings in more than a decade in which 175 people were killed in Baghdad on one of the final days of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, came last week’s wave of domestic violence. So with violent demonstrations here at…
Coding Clinic is not issuing corrections stating that linkages should not be assumed for diabetes. Rather, it is confirming that this is a new era of associated relationships for diabetes. The Coding Clinic published for the second quarter of 2016 indicated that the term “with” means both “associated with” and “due…
ICD-10 implementation success to date has been a result of collaboration and leveraging technology and education. Just as we experienced with planning for the successful implementation of ICD-10, we have learned that it takes a team of healthcare colleagues working together and sharing expertise across the continuum of patient care…
With the release of the new ICD-10-PCS codes for the 2017 fiscal year effective October 2016, we certainly are hearing lots of discussion and opinions. There are 3,827 new hospital inpatient procedure codes, and 97 percent will update the cardiovascular and lower joint body systems, per the Centers for Medicare…
GUEST CO-HOST Mary Beth Pace, RN, BSN, MBA, ACM, CMAC Trinity HealthSPECIAL GUEST Sue Bowman, MJ, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMAALSO FEATURING Rudy Braccili, Jr., MBA, CPAM, CRCE; Bonnie S. Cassidy, MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA, FHIMSS; Laurie A. McBrierty, MLT, ASCP; and Stanley Nachimson

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which administers the diagnosis codes released the 2017 ICD-10-CM codes on June 24, 2016. This information can be found at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/2017-ICD-10-CM-and-GEMs.html Since the release of the 2017 ICD-10-PCS codes, the healthcare vendor community has been waiting with bated breath for the 2017 ICD-10-CM…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The late Robert S. Gold, MD tackled the issue of sepsis even before the advent of the 1992 SIRS criteria. He made certain that healthcare professionals should be aware that capturing the true clinical picture should be first and foremost on the agenda. This is the second in…
Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are produced in bone marrow. These stem cells are responsible for the constant renewal of blood, with the production of billions of blood cells every day.What is amazing about an HSC is the fact that it can differentiate itself into a variety of cells. An HSC…
In the past year, the spectacle of clashing interests, priorities, and agendas of the public and private sectors of America’s healthcare system played out in the electronic pages of ICD10monitor’s e-newsletter, which chronicled the turmoil leading to the adoption of the International Classification of Diseases, Version 10 (ICD-10).There it was…
SPECIAL TWO-PART SERIES GUEST CO-HOST Dennis R. Jones Nyack Hospital, Nyack, New York FEATURING Sue Bowman, MJ, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA; Jon Elion, MD, FACC; Laurie Johnson, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA; and Joseph C. Nichols, MD; and Melissa Walton-Shirley, MD

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GUEST CO-HOST Dennis R. Jones Nyack Hospital, Nyack, N.Y. FEATURING Betty Bibbins, MD, BSN, CHC, C-CDI, CPEHR, CPHIT; Holly Louie, RN, CHBME; H. Steve Moffic, MD; Stephen Spain, MD, FAAFP; and Nick van Terheyden, MD

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A recent data set gathered from 300 coders at 50 health systems was revealing with regard to ICD-10 coding accuracy thus far following the October 2015 implementation. The data exposed both good news and bad news for health information management (HIM) directors and coding managers.The good news is that coding…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week’s nightclub shooting in Orlando once again generated a call for mental health screening to help keep firearms and assault weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill. In the aftermath of the shooting, ICD10monitor Publisher Chuck Buck checked in with nationally renowned psychiatrist H. Steven…
June 19 was Father’s Day, and the conclusion of Men’s Health Week, which was celebrated June 13 through June 19. It appears that men are not proactive in taking care of their health, as evidenced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) data. The following statistics have been…
Life expectancy for American males is remaining stagnant and the overall U.S. death rate recently rose for the first time in a decade, according to concerning data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in April and June.The life expectancy data, which compared rates recorded in 2013…
June 13–19, Men’s National Health Week, is set aside to shine a light on the topic of men’s health. While there is obviously an overlap between conditions that impact men and women, there are a number of conditions that are specific to men and specific to women.To try to understand…
In advance of the upcoming national observance of Father’s Day and in recognition of Men’s Health Week, which got underway yesterday and continues through Father’s Day, ICD10monitor is producing a two-part series on men’s health.The series will air today on Talk Ten Tuesdays, the live Internet radio broadcast produced by ICD10monitor. The…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a transcription from an interview with Melissa Walton Shirley, MD, a consulting cardiologist with the St. Thomas Heart Group in Nashville, Tenn., by ICD10monitor publisher Chuck Buck.If I could have one present that I can give the men in my life for Father’s Day, it…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The late Robert S. Gold, MD tackled the issue of sepsis even before the advent of the 1992 SIRS criteria. He made certain that healthcare professionals should be aware that capturing the true clinical picture should be first and foremost on the agenda. This is the second in…
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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following are the transcribed remarks by Mark Laudenberger during the May 24 edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays broadcast that honored the late Robert S. Gold, MD. Good morning, everyone – it is an extreme honor to be able to speak today on the life of Dr. Robert Gold.…
The proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule changes proposed for the 2017 fiscal year were released on April 18. In reviewing the changes outlined in the 1,585-page rule, it became clear that there were a few practice areas that will be particularly impacted, and this article will focus on…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final installment in a two-part series examining how to manage a CDI program using Key Performance Indicator management strategies.If your set goals are not achievable, you may need to go back and look at the process. How can we eliminate things like duplicative work, administrative…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article has been written in recognition that May was National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. More than 33,000 people in the United States are affected with cystic fibrosis, with 1,000 new cases of the genetic disease diagnosed each year, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.Surprisingly, at least half of…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The late Robert S. Gold, MD tackled the issue of sepsis even before the advent of the 1992 SIRS criteria. He made certain that healthcare professionals should be aware that capturing the true clinical picture should be first and foremost on the agenda. This is the second in…
SPECIAL GUEST Carmen D. Zorrilla, MD Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology UPR School of Medicine San Juan, Puerto RicoALSO FEATURING Dennis Jones; H. Steven Moffic, MD; Denise Buenning, MSM; and Eileen Dano Tkacik

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SPECIAL GUEST Cesar M. Limjoco, MD Vice President of Clinical Services DCBA, Inc.ALSO FEATURING Daria Bonner, CHCA, CCP, RMC; Samantha Gold, CCS; Laurie Johnson, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA, AHIMA Approved ICD-10 CM/PCS Trainer; and Mark Laudenberger, RHIA, MS

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Over the last few years, many provider organizations have encouraged collaboration among the revenue cycle team, clinical documentation improvement (CDI), case management, utilization management (UM), and coding staffs. There are many different and unique goals that each one of these lines of business have, yet they also have the mutual…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The late Robert S. Gold, MD tackled the issue of sepsis even before the advent of the 1992 SIRS criteria. He made certain that healthcare professionals should be aware that capturing the true clinical picture should be first and foremost on the agenda. This is the first in…
Given the added specificity inherent in ICD-10, it’s no surprise that medical necessity denials for physician practices and medical groups are expected to increase throughout 2016. In addition to greater levels of code granularity, three key industry drivers are expected to impact ICD-10 coding compliance among physician practices in the…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a two-part series examining how to manage a CDI program using Key Performance Indicator management strategies.Managing a clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program is about much more than just coordinating time-off requests, allocating budget items, coordinating meetings and trainings, facilitating the occasional audit, or…
Before I begin, I would like to take a moment and acknowledge Dr. Robert Gold, who passed away last week. Dr. Gold was a pioneer and leader in our field of clinical documentation improvement (CDI) and coding. He was first my mentor, then my colleague, and then my friend. I…
Laurie McBriertyDee LangHolly LouieGeorge V. Vancore, Jr. Preliminary reports indicate that more than 1,200 healthcare professionals have registered to attend the upcoming special edition broadcast of the industry’s first coding summit scheduled for Thursday, May 19. The live broadcast will feature George V. Vancore, Jr., senior manager and systems integrator and business…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continues to make news. “Science Daily” reported recently that a new study from Aarhus University documented that there is some truth to the claim made by parents of children with ADHA that their children have more trouble falling to asleep than other children.…
The recent ransomware attack on MedStar Health, located in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area and comprised of 10 area hospitals, is another indication of the current vulnerability of our nation’s medical records. In fact, cyber-invasions represent the fastest-growing threat to clinical information security, according to the FBI.  Ransomware affects organizations through the…
Bonnie Cassidy, MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA, FHIMSS Laurie McBrierty, MLT, ASCP Dennis Jones Jim Daley Rudy Braccili Jr. MBA, CPAM, CRCE Seth Avery, JD, CPA

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AppRev announced this week that it has compiled and released the results of its historic ICD-10 implementation study.The study compared the last three months under ICD-9 (July-August 2015) with the first three months under ICD-10 (October-December 2015). The goal of the study was to allow hospitals and providers to view…
Allow me to preference this by saying I love coders. Many of my best work relationships are with coders. I am a coder, and have been since 1998. Coding gave me my career path into consulting. I owe much of what I have learned to all of those years poring…
The ICD-10 migration was by most accounts highly successful, despite its enormity of scope and effort. Since there will likely be other large changes coming down the road, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) felt it would be important to understand why this transition went so well and to…
Last week at the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network Spring Summit, there was some great information shared with representatives of the industry.For those who don’t know about the HCP LAN, they say in order to help achieve better care, smarter spending, and healthier people, the U.S. Department of…
SPECIAL CO-HOST Tina Greene Senior Regulatory Affairs Consultant Mitchell International ALSO FEATURING Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CRC, CHPSE, CENTC, COBGC, CPEDC, CGSC; Kimberly Janet Carr, RHIT, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, AHIMA ICD-10-CM/PCS Approved Trainer; Laurie Johnson, RHIA, FAHIMA, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS…

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Laurie McBriertyDee LangHolly LouieGeorge V. Vancore, Jr.,The upcoming special edition broadcast of the industry’s first ICD-10 coding summit has been expanded to include George V. Vancore, Jr., senior manager and systems integrator and business architect for Florida Blue, the trade name for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida. “We are particularly pleased…
EDITOR’S NOTE: April was National Autism Awareness Month, and the subject continues to stir controversy nationwide. ICD10monitor e-News recently conducted an interview with H. Steven Moffic, MD, a nationally renowned psychiatrist, to sift fact from fiction, science from opinion. Below are some excerpts from that interview.Autism came roaring back into…
IBM predicted 2015 to be the year of healthcare breaches. In IBM’s 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index, it appears the prophecy came true, with the healthcare industry shooting to the top of the list of industries experiencing successful cyberattacks in 2015. Two key takeaways from the report include that cybercriminals…
There are 123 pending changes to coding for ophthalmology for this coming October due to additions, deletions, and revisions of the ICD-10 coding set. The coding for conditions related to the eye in ICD-10-CM has become much more in-depth and requires the coder to have a greater understanding of anatomical…
SPECIAL CO-HOST Holly Louie, RN, CHBME ALSO FEATURING Chris Apgar, CISSP Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS, AHIMA ICD-10-CM/PCS Approved Trainer Victoria Hernandez, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer Laurie Johnson, RHIA, FAHIMA, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer and Cassie Milligan, RHIT, CCS

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Laurie McBriertyDee LangHolly LouieWith industry reports indicating that ICD-10 and the DRG shift are likely to cost healthcare organizations approximately one-third of their net revenue from the impact on denied claims, ICD10monitor is producing a live special edition broadcast of healthcare’s first coding summit, scheduled for May 19. The announcement was…
We are nearly six months into ICD-10 and more coding reviews and audits are underway, which is a good thing. There are close to 30 times more procedure codes and five times more diagnosis codes in ICD-10-CM/PCS, compared to ICD-9-CM.In addition, thousands of new and revised codes will continue to…
What many of us are learning lately is that no news is not necessarily good news. It seems that no news about ICD-10 has simply been disguising some of the lurking problems just waiting to surface. Problems are just starting to appear as payers add edits and issues with electronic health…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is the second article in a two-part series regarding FY17 IPPS Proposed Rule. Read part one here.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the display version of Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) for fiscal year 2017 on April 18, 2017. Comments on Proposed Rule…
We all did so well with preparing for ICD-10 implementation, didn’t we! We had great education and training provided, and coding reviews and assessments were conducted in the years prior to implementation. We even performed dual coding and practiced coding encounters/cases. Now, with six months of experience under our belt,…
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Laurie Johnson, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA, AHIMA Approved ICD-10 CM/PCS Trainer Stephen Hinkle, MA Jonathan LaFleur, BSN, RN, CCS H. Steven Moffic, MD Janelle Ali-Dinar, PhD Deborah Grider CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CPC-P, CPMA, CEMC, CCS-P, CDIP

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ExtStore.AdvPoll.initResult(); What is the most common type of ICD-10 coding difficulty you are finding in your organization with your coding staff? jQuery(document).ready(function() { var $wrapper = jQuery('.advpoll-wrapper-2'); $wrapper.find('.advpoll-answer-graph').each(function() { var $this = jQuery(this); $this.find('.advpoll-answer-line').width(0).animate({ 'width': $this.data('percent') }, 900); $this.find('.advpoll-answer-line-percent').width(0).animate({ 'width': $this.data('percent') }, 900); }); }); New I-10 diagnosis feature (e.g.…
SPECIAL GUEST Chris Apgar, CISSP Apgar & Associates, LLCALSO FEATURING Angie Comfort, RHIT, CDIP, CCS Rose Dunn, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer; Allen R. Frady, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer; and Laurie Johnson, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer

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As many of you may know by now, the often-discussed question of what to do about physicians’ use of new clinical practice terms that do not correspond to ICD-10 codes was recently addressed in the Coding Clinic for the first quarter of 2016. Heart failure with “reduced ejection fraction” or…
ExtStore.AdvPoll.initResult(); If you're experiencing a DRG shift have you begun to implement an action plan to analyze the shift? jQuery(document).ready(function() { var $wrapper = jQuery('.advpoll-wrapper-1'); $wrapper.find('.advpoll-answer-graph').each(function() { var $this = jQuery(this); $this.find('.advpoll-answer-line').width(0).animate({ 'width': $this.data('percent') }, 900); $this.find('.advpoll-answer-line-percent').width(0).animate({ 'width': $this.data('percent') }, 900); }); }); Yes 19.76% No 6.27% No not yet…
SPECIAL GUEST Laurie McBrierty, MLT, ASCP Career StepALSO FEATURING Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPCI, CPMA, CRC, CHPSE, CENTC, CGSC; Dee Lang, RHIT, CCDS, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer; Laurie Johnson, FHIMA; and Stanley Nachimson

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It seems like a near-daily occurrence these days that a blog, industry survey, or Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcement reminds us all of what a success ICD-10 was. It has been common for pundits to refer to the fear leading up to the event as a Y2K-esque…
Selecting the correct ICD-10 code for disc disorders can take a little bit of research. There are many options found in the M50 and M51 categories, which are:M50- Cervical Disc DisordersM51- Thoracic, Thoracolumbar, and Lumbosacral Intervertebral Disc DisordersEach one has the same fourth-character options: 0 = disc disorder with myelopathy…
The MS-DRG methodology was implemented in 1983 as the first version of prospective payment methodology.  Because the amount of money that was to be impacted by the implementation of ICD-10 was a large and very real worry.  One concern since the implementation of ICD-10 was the Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Group…
SPECIAL FINANCIAL EDITIONFEATURING Tina Green; Michele Hibbert-Iacobacci; Pam Lane, MS, RHIA; Michelle Mays, RN, MSN, CCDS; Laurie Johnson, FHIMA; and Sherry Wilson

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They were three simple words that surely represented a collective sigh of relief among the several dozen providers to participate in a recent AppRev survey comparing hospital financial metrics of the last quarter that ICD-9 was in use with those of the first quarter of ICD-10.“Mostly good news,” AppRev President…
The week of May 15-21 is the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Prevention Week, which this year has a theme of “Strong as One: Strong Together.”On May 18, Administration officials will focus on the prevention of prescription and opioid (synthetic narcotic pain medications) drug misuse. This…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Co-authors Greene and Wilson are recognized industry leaders and serve as the co-chairs of the WEDI Property & Casualty Subworkgroup. A general assumption had been that states would be aligning their worker’s compensation regulations with the rest of those of the healthcare industry in order to adopt the ICD-10…
One of the biggest lingering questions facing the healthcare industry today is this: how do we keep physicians from becoming administrators rather than clinicians?Having a quality clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program in place can grant physicians the necessary flexibility and time to dedicate to their patients while still providing an…
EDITOR’S NOTE: ICD10monitor produced a special edition broadcast on Friday, March 11 covering the outcome of the Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting. This article is a follow up to the broadcast. A Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting was held on March 9-10 to discuss…
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) recently launched an industry-wide survey to assess the overall implementation of ICD-10. The survey results will be evaluated and compiled into a report for the healthcare industry. This is WEDI’s twelfth ICD-10 survey, but it differs significantly from the others. WEDI has been…
The nation’s healthcare industry is expected to experience an influx of new codes when regular updates to ICD-10 resume as of the start of October 2016. But will more codes translate to a better way of doing things? That’s the focus of “Getting Specific: New ICD Codes – Will They…
Complication coding is a hot topic among coding, clinical, and compliance professionals. It’s considered to be one of the more challenging aspects of coding. Physicians are hesitant to document post-operative complications, as they negatively affect their quality scores on sites like Healthgrades.com. Hospitals, however, need to be compensated for the…
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The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) recently launched an industry-wide survey to assess the overall implementation of ICD-10. The survey results will be evaluated and compiled into a report for the healthcare industry.This is WEDI’s twelfth ICD-10 survey, but it differs significantly from the others. WEDI has been conducting…
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We are five months into ICD-10 at this point. Many coders have plateaued or nearly plateaued as it pertains to productivity. So, if we have not already done so, we need to shift our focus from productivity and examine our coding quality. As I mentioned in my recent article “Coding…