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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following was reported by Dr. H. Steven Moffic during a recent broadcast of Talk Ten Tuesdays. Aren’t you getting frustrated about all the years of talk about the burnout epidemic among physicians and other healthcare workers, yet nothing much happening? All kinds of recommendations, often without much research…
Today’s coder must embrace APR-DRGs and HCCs in order to stay relevant. At the beginning of the year, Facebook’s “10-year challenge” hit the web, with users posting comparison profile pictures from 2009 alongside their 2019 selfies. I’ve since seen a recent resurgence of the challenge over the last week and…
It is important to understand the data needs for your organization from a content perspective as you prepare for ICD-11. As we talk about preparing for the transition from ICD-10 to ICD-11, it is important to realize the importance of data. Healthcare data is important today for population health, determining…
EDITOR’S NOTE: George Vancore appeared during a recent edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays focused his report on lessons learned during the implementation of ICD-10 in preparation for ICD-11. This article is a summary of his remarks. When Chuck Buck recently asked whether I could summarize Florida Blue’s ICD-10 implementation success…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Erica Remer reported this story live during the Dec. 3 edition of Talk Ten Tuesday. The following is an edited transcript of her reporting. A Medscape survey popped up in my email a few weeks ago. The title was, “Is Technology Replacing Patient History?” (https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/921235) and it linked…
Discharge Planning Conditions of Participation is effective Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. In a news release issued late last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) included the following statement: “The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a final rule that empowers patients to make informed…
E&M codes are the most frequently used codes in any physician practice. Change is coming to the world of evaluation and management (E&M) services. With the Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule for 2020 now published, we know there are big changes to be expected in 2021. The good news is…
HCCs thrive on specificity and ICD-11 will provide a higher level of specificity than in ICD-10. For those of you who are coding for hierarchical condition category (HCC) purposes, you know that HCCs are categories of related ICD-10 codes. Only selected significant conditions to drive a payment HCC. That means…