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Nostalgia, solastalgia, and climate change. In our inaugural article in this exclusive series on the impact of climate change on mental healthcare, we listed the numerous climate-related conditions that seem to be emerging. The most intriguing one of all may be solastalgia. Even the name itself may pique your interest.…
Quality of care cannot be achieved without good data. 2020 has brought us many looming changes in healthcare. Unfortunately, we have already seen increased reporting criteria, more administrative burden, and many payment cuts. As we address all of these, not only this year but also in future years, we need…
The reliability of the current state of health information is extremely limited. EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Joseph Nichols is producing a four-part series on healthcare data for ICD10monitor. This is the first installment in his exclusive series. The healthcare industry has spent an extraordinary amount of time, money, and effort to gather…
Understanding the ICD-10-CM Z codes is essential. On Feb. 6, RACmonitor posted an article by Ellen Fink-Samnick, a frequent contributor to ICD10monitor and Talk Ten Tuesdays. It was titled “Underutilization of ICD-10-CM Z Codes for Medicare Beneficiaries.” She reminded us that it’s been two years since we were given dispensation…
Coronavirus continues to dominate the news. EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a developing story and ICD10monitor will continue to update you on the latest development on this global health crisis. In the wake of the deadly coronavirus (nCoV), U.S. hospitals are preparing for an emergency response nationally by using the four “Ss”…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Erica Remer reported this story live during a recent edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays. The following is an edited transcript of her reporting. When I was a new physician advisor, the chief quality officer at my facility instructed me to not talk about money when discussing clinical documentation…
Medical coding errors fall into the broad categories of “fraud” and “abuse.”  Medical practices are concentrating on critical practice changes in 2020 and 2021, but it is important not to lose focus on the basics of correct coding. Don't be guilty of common CPT and ICD-10-CM coding errors, as it…
CORRECTION: This story has been corrected. There was no Meaningful Use Act. The American Reinvestment & Recovery Act (ARRA) was enacted on Feb. 17, 2009. ARRA included many measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, one of which was the “Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act”. We apologize for the…