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An Interview of H. Steven Moffic, MD by Chuck Buck BUCK: At this writing, Dr. Moffic, protests and riots continue in Minneapolis and elsewhere over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died last week while in police custody. A former police officer, Derek Chauvin, who is white,…
The diagnosis of obesity is a risk factor for coronavirus. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated information regarding the risk factors for COVID-19. Included in their high-risk groups are those with the following: Asthma Chronic kidney disease treated with hemodialysis Diabetes Hemoglobin disorders (e.g. sickle cell…
Don’t query for every result. There are many different ways we investigate infectious diseases with current technology. In the case of COVID-19, research labs might culture the living organism, the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The widely used Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR, or PCR) test qualitatively detects nucleic acid from the…
Stakeholders need to work collaboratively to ensure that diagnostic information is complete and accurate. The COVID-19 pandemic has created many overwhelming and heartbreaking medical challenges. In theory, the easiest task is accurate diagnosis coding for suspected exposure, confirmed and presumed cases, and possible disease. The new ICD-10-CM codes are few…
Late entries, addendums, or corrections should never be common occurrences. Medicare coverage guidelines dictate that physician notes are required for support of medical necessity, and this documentation must be available to the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) upon request. It is strongly recommended that medical practices use proactive strategies to educate…
Comments are due by July 10, 2020. The Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Proposed Rule for the 2021 fiscal year was published on May 11 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Comments are due by July 10 at 5 p.m. Comments can be sent electronically using http://www.regulations.gov.…
The reliability of the current state of health information is extremely limited. EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Joseph Nichols is producing a five-part series on healthcare data for ICD10monitor. This is the fifth installment in his exclusive series. This is the last article of the five-part series on “the search for reliable health…
Two interim rules address telehealth amid the coronavirus pandemic. I’m sure everyone has heard the saying, “the only constant is change.” Well, it certainly rings true these days. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a second interim final rule on April 30, offering another round of coding and documentation…