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New ICD-10 codes that address human trafficking become effective Oct. 1. This year has seen the launch of the ICD-10 Z codes, and now we will also have T codes to address human trafficking. Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) has collaborated with several healthcare organizations , including the American Hospital Association's…
The new definition includes clinical concepts that were not an option before when choosing an MI diagnosis. Since 2012, changes and updates have continued to clarify the acute myocardial infarction (AMI) diagnosis. There are now five types of MI diagnoses that have been expanded and updated through the years, and…
The clinical query process is a small yet important part of any CDI initiative.By now I am confident that most in the clinical documentation improvement (CDI) industry are familiar with the lawsuit brought by data analytics firm Integra against Providence Health to recover $188 million for alleged upcoding perpetuated by…
With good collaboration and the right team members, continual improvements are attainable.Recently I have been engaged in a project of continual improvement in our clinics, and as chief compliance officer, I am continually looking for ways we can stay compliant, deliver excellent healthcare, and fix revenue leaks.We audit our physicians…
New code proposals from the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meeting are discussed. The Coordination and Maintenance Committee met on September 11-12, 2018 to discuss new code proposals, as well as proposals that were previously presented. The presentations began with ICD-10-PCS proposals, with completion by mid-afternoon on the second day.…
The aftermath of Florence prompts a review of emergency preparedness We know the 2018 hurricane season is upon us, but we are always unsure of where the individual storms will appear, what their track will be, and how they will behave. Hurricane Florence—since downgraded to a tropic depression— has been…
Skin biopsy codes are changing. EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second installment in a two-part series on the 2019 CPT® codes released recently by the American Medical Association. For many years we have used two codes to report skin biopsies. CPT 11100 for the first lesion and 11101 for each…
A review of Major Disease Category 18, Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Systemic or Unspecified Sites. Systemic inflammatory response syndrome, or SIRS, due to a noninfectious cause can be confusing. SIRS caused by noninfectious conditions occurs in medical and surgical cases alike. Coding guidelines prohibit the use of codes R65.10, noninfectious…