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Some have called this particular kind of pandemic anger, “panger!” EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Moffic, an internationally acclaimed psychiatrist, serves as the resident psychiatrist for Talk Ten Tuesdays. What a year it has been, as we just passed the official one-year anniversary of the advent of our viral pandemic. But it…
Understanding the impact on business processes in the event that biannual ICD-10-CM and PCS updates are implemented is essential – as is your feedback.  With a comprehensive agenda covered at the virtual ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting earlier this month, one topic in particular inspired quite a few comments…
This OIG audit is an opportunity for us to be introspective. In February, a report came out from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) regarding their concern about an apparent increase in the reporting of highest-severity Medicare Severity Diagnosis-Related Groups (MS-DRGs) (Trend…
A little monitoring effort can go a long way in achieving improvement. Length of stay (LOS) continues to be examined as a metric for healthcare providers to improve. It can have positive and negative effects on both direct and indirect costs, patient care, and overhead. There is a plethora of…
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has a new leader – thanks to the narrowest of margins. The U.S. Senate voted 50-49 Thursday to approve former California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as the nation’s top federal health official, with Democratic Sen. Mazie Horono’s abstention countered by a…
The new code is expected to be here in October. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the broadcast script from Dr. Erica Remer’s segment during Talk Ten Tuesdays, March 16, 2021. One of the highlights of my year, and most definitely in this past year, is participating in the ICD-10-CM Coordination and…
As vaccination rates slowly rise, federal officials are urging the pace to quicken. As COVID-19 vaccination rates slowly creep higher in jurisdictions across the country, federal officials are seeking to give the numbers a shot in the arm. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday that this…
The three-part series is in response to listeners’ requests. The long-running live Internet broadcast Talk TenTuesdays will debut a three-part series on coding and documentation issues associated with outpatient clinical documentation integrity (CDI) today. The series, developed in response to listeners’ requests, has been developed by Colleen Deighan, a senior…