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Managing the after-effects of coding and billing as COVID-19 cases start to move through an organization’s billing cycle, while maintaining up-to-date information, could prove challenging. With ever-changing coding and billing updates, it is difficult not to anticipate a surge of denied claims, or an increase in inaccurately paid claims, related…
The reliability of the current state of health information is extremely limited. EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Joseph Nichols is producing a five-part series on healthcare data for ICD10monitor. This is the fourth installment in his exclusive series. This is the fourth in a series of five articles on the search for…
Clinical judgment is sufficient for COVID-19 diagnosis. When I was a third-year resident, in 1987, I saw a really sick kid in the ED. He was about 5 years old, had a fever of 104°, and was lethargic in his mother’s arms. His eyes were swollen and infected, and he…
During quarantine, I look for every chance to be outside. During the fifteen-minute break I have between online classes, I try to get outside; I exercise and spend time with my mother outside. Right now, all we have is our home and the outdoors. We are seeing how important it…
Climate-related pre-traumatic stress disorders and other anxieties. Before we get to our next climate-related piece, we have to note that akin to the climate-related condition of solastalgia, stress and anxiety is also rampant right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, producing a double whammy of anxiety. In fact, some virologists…
Agencies have implemented legislation guaranteeing coverage of COVID-19 diagnostic testing, including antibody testing, and certain related services without cost sharing for enrollees with private health coverage. As coverages and regulations continue to broaden, often on a day-to-day basis, guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic frequently open up additional factors to…
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was published on April 15. This update applies to Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) facilities, Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs). The provisions are found…
Capturing the complexity of care with CDI will be more important than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic is “hot-spotting” in places like New York City, New Orleans, and Detroit – and even as challenging as it is in those cities, this is a good thing for us, collectively. Given the nature…