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A National Coverage Determination (NCD) will reimburse providers for diagnostic tests using sequencing.Today’s topic is DNA sequencing and its effect on society as a whole, on healthcare, and on Medicare. Sequencing is a laboratory procedure that maps the pattern of nucleotides in DNA. In 2003, sequencing an individual cost $2.7…
CDI professionals can’t mitigate the magnitude of medical necessity denials by third-party payers. Clinical documentation integrity (CDI) programs, combined with the actions of third-party payers, can erode net patient revenue for inpatient and outpatient services through process design. In reviewing one particular inpatient case with $118,000 in charges denied by…
Planning is underway now for ICD-11.The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has been getting involved in the development of ICD-11 through its participation in the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) activities, as well as providing members with high-level overviews of what to expect with the new classification system.  ICD-11 has…
Consider your health in your travel plans. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which is in Washington D.C., is reminding travelers to get vaccinated if you are planning a trip to areas in which yellow fever is present. Which countries are affected by yellow fever? In the Americas, the countries…
Not knowing the difference could amount to shortchanging yourself.It seems like the simpler the question, the harder it can be to answer. When we ask the question, “is this a new or established patient?” it amazes me that it is not a black-and-white answer. But when we look at the…
A new white paper from the industry bellwether looks back, forward in framing big picture of coding. Benchmarking, the term that encompasses performance measurement in the healthcare industry, will be key for providers seeking to refine their efforts to master ICD-10 as ICD-11 implementation looms in the distance, according to…
Coders need to know when and how the cardiac arrest occurred. There are approximately 350,000-400,000 cases of cardiac arrest arising outside of the hospital setting per year, and not all of these patients make it to the emergency department. The incidence in any given hospital on any given shift is…
There are ICD-10 codes for cold weather injuries.The weather has been rough for the people living in the Midwest and Northeast. The reported temperatures have been as low as -60 with the wind chill factor applied. Such severity of temperatures does calls to mind some injuries and illnesses such as…