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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,…
ExtStore.AdvPoll.initResult(); What percentage are you running below your normal coding productivity rate? jQuery(document).ready(function() { var $wrapper = jQuery('.advpoll-wrapper-3'); $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); }); }); None we are meeting the same rates as we did in ICD-9 11.81% Up…
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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Gloryanne Bryant, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer; Jim Daley; Laurie Johnson, FAHIMA, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer; and Stanley Nachimson

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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…
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting continued on March 10, with additional diagnosis code applications being discussed.
As I was listening to a recent broadcast of Monitor Mondays, I was a bit taken aback when I thought I heard the phrase “the physician writes down the diagnosis, and it should be accepted as the diagnosis.”
Following the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ICD-10-CM/PCS Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting and public comments and discussion occurring on March 9 and 10, there is lots to follow and stay tuned about in the coding world. This is due to the code freeze being scheduled to end…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Laurie Johnson is covering the two-day meeting of the federal Coordination and Maintenance meeting taking place Wednesday and Thursday at CMS headquarters in Baltimore. Johnson filed this report on yesterday’s proceedings and will file a report on Day 2, wrapping up later this afternoon. Complete coverage will be…
Deb Grider, AHIMA Certified Clinical Documentation Improvement Practitioner Holly Louie, RN, CHBME; Laurie McBrierty, and Laurie Johnson, FAHIMA AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer

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I am looking forward to attending the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) headquarters this week. Our AAPC members are very anxious to see the changes that will be in the code set this year. As you know, we have had…
It is time to perform an assessment of your facility or practice in order to evaluate your ICD-10 progress and to uncover potential issues that might affect productivity, risk, or cash flow. Also, by conducting an assessment, you can identify opportunities for improvement, additional training needs, documentation assistance, or operational…
This is a very exciting time to be in the field of clinical documentation improvement (CDI), with so many emerging opportunities beyond just reviewing for major complications and comorbidities (MCCs) and complications and comorbidities (CCs). CDI programs are growing into so much more than just a mechanism for reviewing documentation…
In February, the Healthcare Billing and Management Association (HBMA) surveyed its members seeking information on current claims statuses as well as their experiences with ICD-10 implementation. Many responses were as predicted, some were consistent with other industry reporting, some confirmed what we already knew, and there were some surprises. This…
Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, Melanie Endicott, MBA/HCM; CDIP, FHIMA; Pam Jodock; Laurie Johnson, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10 Trainer; Stanley Nachimson; and Jacqueline J Stack, BSHA, CPC, CPC-I, CPB, CEMC, CFPC, CIMC, CPEDC

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In its recent outbreak, the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness, has spread to more than 20 countries in South and Central America since May 2015. During a Feb. 1 news conference, Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), acknowledged just how serious the situation has become,…
At this point, most clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs are well-versed in the topic of malnutrition. New and old programs alike acknowledge that malnutrition is under-documented and that appropriately establishing this diagnosis for the patient can improve severity-of-illness metrics.
The third international consensus definitions for sepsis and septic shock were published on Feb. 22 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and the Internet went wild with discussion.
The federal ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee (C&M) is scheduled to meet March 9 and 10 to discuss proposed changes to the new coding system that became effective last October.
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Functional quadriplegia (R53.2) is defined as “the inability to move due to severe disability or frailty caused by another condition without physical injury or damage to the brain or spinal cord,” describes Richard Pinson, MD. This oft-overlooked secondary diagnosis may have significant impact on the final MS-DRG, relative weight, length…
Joseph Nichols, MD Old habits die hard – but hopefully, not too hard. That’s one way to summarize a recently published white paper by Joseph C. Nichols, principal of Health Data Consulting. The paper, titled Data Value: Breaking Old Habits, shines a spotlight on the ways the healthcare industry historically…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a personal reflection by the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Healthcare Billing and Management Association of which she is president. The story I am going to relate in this article could borrow a line from the classic 1989 comedy “When…
On Feb. 5, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center experienced an electronic health record (EHR) outage that began due to ransomware. This type of malware had shut down the hospital’s internal computer system and communication devices, with only a software “key” capable of reopening the internal data files. The hospital has reported…
Gregory Adams, MBA, FHFMA, Evan M. Gwilliam, DC, MBA, BS, CPC, CCPC, CCCPC, CPC-I MCS-P, CPMA; Laurie Johnson, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer; Scot Nemchik, CCS; Stanley Nachimson; and H. Steven Moffic, MD Guest Co-Host: Holly Louie, RN, CHBME

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EDITOR’S NOTE: In this new series, Scot Nemchik and Sabrina Yousfi will identify ICD-10 “coding culprits” and offer practical advice and insights for addressing issues as they arise.  ICD-10 implementation was a hugely important event, but not catastrophic, as some anticipated. For the most part, we in the healthcare industry…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The confluence of two national events last week inspired the following interview with H. Steven Moffic, MD, Talk Ten Tuesdays’ celebrated resident psychiatrist: Valentine's Day on Sunday, Feb. 14 and last Tuesday’s New Hampshire presidential primary, which resulted in a GOP victory for presidential hopeful Donald Trump. A…
Today, February 16, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is holding a New Technology Town Hall Meeting at the CMS Headquarters in Baltimore.
Radiculopathy can be an unpleasant condition, but diagnosing, documenting, and coding for it does not have to be. It just takes a little research. As you know, the brain communicates with the body via the spinal cord, which is protected by the bones of the spinal column, called vertebrae. Nerve…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The confluence of two national events last week inspired the following interview with H. Steven Moffic, MD, Talk Ten Tuesdays’ celebrated resident psychiatrist: Valentine's Day on Sunday, Feb. 14 and last Tuesday’s New Hampshire presidential primary, which resulted in a GOP victory for presidential hopeful Donald Trump. A…
Vicky Mahn-DiNicola, RN, MS, CPHQ, Seth Avery, JD, CPA; Kimberly Carr, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM-PCS Trainer; Ronald Hirsch, MD, MD, FACP, CHCQM; Laurie Johnson, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer; Joseph C. Nichols, MD, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM-PCS Trainer

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Recently I served as a panelist for Talk Ten Tuesdays, ICD10monitor’s weekly Internet program. The program covers a variety of topics, but ICD-10 is its primary focus.   The experience got me to thinking: we are already seeing, ICD-10 can provide us some rich data, and this directly ties to…
“Patient with transaminitis, keep watching labs.” “Patient’s liver enzymes extremely elevated, keep in ICU.” Physicians may have seen these notes before. But transaminitis and “extremely elevated liver enzymes” do not equate to shock liver or acute and subacute hepatic failure without coma. 
EDITOR’S NOTE: President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus here and abroad it was announced yesterday,  We have a code!
ICD-10 went into effect Oct. 1, 2015 and, so far, everything seems to be going pretty well. There are a few areas, however, that continue to give clinical documentation improvement (CDI) specialists and coders headaches. One of these problems is Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) documentation. In ICD-10 there is a…
Rose T. Dunn, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA, Gloryanne Bryant, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer; Deb Grider, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer; Laurie Johnson, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer; H. Steven Moffic, MD; and Stanley Nachimson

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ICD-10 training is rapidly becoming the sort of buzzword that gets everyone rolling their eyes and having nightmarish visions of death by a thousand PowerPoints. It’s true that the subject matter can be dry, and people are rapidly transitioning into training fatigue. That fatigue will lead to complacency and finally…
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is the inability of the heart to pump an adequate volume of blood to meet the metabolic requirements of tissues – or the ability to only do so at elevation in the filling pressure. CHF can be caused by coronary artery disease, hypertension (HTN), rheumatic fever,…
In business as well as in life, it’s always interesting to look back on what was critically important a year ago to see if those things are as big a deal now as they were then. Back in January 2015, one of the hot topics in healthcare was the transition…
The statistics are striking: Between 2002 and 2013, heroin overdoses in the United States increased by 286 percent, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. In 2013 alone, more than 8,200 Americans died due to a heroin-related overdose.  
Ana Croxton; Jill Finn; Laurie Johnson, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer; Holly Louie, RN, CHBME; and H. Steven Moffic, MD

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Jill Finn Ana Croxton At the four-month mark of ICD-10 implementation, practice management vendors are continuing to look for trends and potential issues for their clients. Several things currently being tracked are the overutilization of unspecified codes, claim submission, and payment productivity – and whether payers have implemented some, part,…
Can you believe we now have been using the ICD-10 code set here in the United States for four months? Time flies. I often receive technical questions from my colleagues and peers about ICD-10 coding – yes, even before implementation, and certainly after. Even with years of experience and skill,…
There have been several articles published recently about the latest public health crisis to attract the world’s attention: the Zika virus, which is currently spreading in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Melissa Walton-Shirley, MD, Robert S. Gold, MD; Laurie Johnson, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer; Nathan McWilliams, MPA, RHIA; and H. Steven Moffic, MD

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To date, most accounts of ICD-10 implementation are good ones. Claims are processing, providers are being paid, denials are minimal; it was all much ado about nothing. Or was it? For some unlucky practices and organizations, things did not (and are not) going quite so well. 
The past few years we have focused closely on getting ready for ICD-10. In most cases, the transition to ICD-10 was successful. We had a few bumps in the road, but overall, things went well. What’s next? Now we need to shift the focus to improve coding and clinical documentation…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a two-part series on coding hypertension in ICD-10. In this installment, Rhonda Buckholtz provides a clinical context for hypertension. Understanding clinical conditions and relationships is an important component of coding. With many code assignments currently being paid in accordance with quality measures and…
The federal mandate for conversion of medical record-keeping to a purely electronic format for the purposes of developing statistics and its associated tracking of quality of healthcare delivery and billing for services (known as value-based purchasing) is virtually complete in the United States. 
Lyman Sornberger, Allen R. Frady, Betty Gomez, Laurie Johnson and Stanley Nachimson

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After all this time, functional quadriplegia is still a dysfunctional medical diagnosis. Around this time in 2008, the Patriots’ perfect season was soon to be ended by the Giants in Super Bowl XLII, and Patrick Swayze would be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. By the end of the year we would…
In nearly every ICD-10-CM category there is an option for an “other specified” condition. What do these mean, and how are they properly used?
In December, the movie “Concussion” was released.  It tells the intriguing story of an investigation into repetitive concussion injuries and the National Football League (NFL).
During the transition to ICD-10, external cause codes – the codes that capture specific details about an injury or health event – received a bad reputation.
Health plans nationwide are touting widespread success in the implementation of ICD-10, according to comments made by three health plan representatives during the most recent edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays, the weekly Internet broadcast hosted by ICD10monitor.com.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Nationally renowned psychiatrist H. Steven Moffic, MD, a frequent guest on Talk Ten Tuesdays as its resident psychiatrist, provided audience members with a recap on mental health stories that made headlines this year during the most recent edition of the weekly Internet broadcast. Here is a transcript of…