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After a bevy of happy hours Monday night, we returned to HIMSS bright and early Tuesday morning to begin the new day. The keynote speaker was Eric Topol, MD, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute. His talk focused on the engagement of the patient and the future of healthcare.…
Podcast Date: 3/5/2013 How many of you have confirmed that you will be coding PCS for outpatient services? Number of Response(s) Response Ratio A. Yes 49 15% B. No 21 16% C. Still not sure 66 4% D. Haven't addressed yet 30 40% E. Not applicable 62 25% Total Results:…
Consider the practice known as dual coding – or is it double coding? That is a very good question to ask yourself as you work toward ICD-10 implementation. The difference between the two can be difficult to discern at first, but know this: dual coding can be your avenue to…
One reason for adopting ICD-10-CM that is cited frequently is the increased specificity provided by ICD-10 codes. This increased specificity provides more precise language and up-to-date terminology, which in turn allows for a more accurate description of a patient’s disease or condition. More accurate diagnoses in turn provide improved morbidity…
Electronic health records (EHR) and the use of copy/paste functions are hotly debated topics that have seen a surge in publicity recently. In fact, regulators are becoming increasingly concerned that the copy/paste function is contributing to an increase in provider fraud and abuse. Copying clinical documentation poses both clinical and…
In this publication and many others; in private meetings and HIMSS seminars and institutes; in business and government; we all have discussed in detail ICD-10 and all it means. This certainly is appropriate, as implementing ICD-10 may be the most complex, convoluted, and confusing single system change any of you…
The Urban Dictionary defines “on the grind” as meaning to work hard, and to always be hustling. We’re finding that almost all of our clients are “on the grind” when it comes to ICD-10, meaning that active remediation program work (i.e. post-assessment work) is either in full swing or gearing…
Providers, payers, clearinghouses, and vendors were all on board during Sunday’s ICD-10 symposium, where the hot topic was end-to-end testing for ICD-10. From HIM professionals to CMS representatives, more than 300 attendees heard afternoon speakers present the justification, rationale, and tool sets available for end-to-end testing of ICD-10 claims. Attendees…