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Burnout of medical and nursing professionals is not only a ‘long’ disease but a fatal one. In a book, “Epistle to Dr. Arbutnot,” which is today only read by students and scholars of 18th century English literature, Alexander Pope wrote, “This long disease, my life.” This is not a misanthropic…
Cutting and pasting functions in the EMR and EHR can damage the integrity of the medical record. The practice of cloned or copied-and-pasted documentation is a significant issue in the use of electronic health records (EHRs). A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that…
Quality work reduces the burden of the denial management process. When my children were young, they really enjoyed the movie “The Neverending Story.” It’s about a boy who reads a magical book that tells a story of a young warrior whose task is to stop a dark force called “The…
The author shares her thoughts on atrial fibrillation in the AHA Q2 Coding Clinic. I reviewed the Coding Clinic from Second Quarter and disagree with the reasoning for the first question regarding atrial fibrillation, although I do not have a problem with their solution. Fortunately, after October 2019, the advice…
Congress can’t seem to resist tinkering with healthcare through legislation. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a lightly edited transcript of remarks made by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Vice President of Congressional Affairs Leslie Krigstein during last week’s edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays. As the sultry D.C.…
The author shares highlights from the annual conference. I am continuing my reporting on tidbits I learned at the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) annual conference in May. As I mentioned last week, I was honored to make closing remarks on the first day. I shared my grand…
CDISs urged to be prepared for changes. There is much to do on listserves and various conversations with colleagues to be had regarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule for the 2020 fiscal year, wherein Medicare has outlined sweeping changes to…
Final ICD-10-CM codes for FY 2020 includes new and deleted codes.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final ICD-10-CM codes for the 2020 fiscal year on June 21, 2019.    This release included a total of 72,184 diagnosis codes for the MS-DRG V37. The changes include 273…