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The confluence of race and heart disease. February is the month that we celebrate American Heart Month and Black History Month. You may wonder why these are being discussed together in a coding article. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Black Americans, at 23.5 percent. Black Americans…
Typical CDI programs are intended to drive reimbursement through diagnosis securement, contributing to improved case mix index. The COVID-19 pandemic is placing monumental financial stressors upon hospitals, with added costs to treat patients with high acuity and long length of stays, coupled with significant revenue loss associated with postponement of…
We were doing our part to help facilitate making the vaccine available to the public. I was feeling confined and socially distanced due to COVID-19, as many of us are – and anxious for a vaccine so I could get back to a more normal life. I had heard about…
EDITOR’S NOTE: If projections from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hold, there could be 534,000 deaths from COVID-19 by the end of February, slightly surpassing the 525,600 minutes in a year – or, put another way, one death per minute. That number – 525,600 – has been…
Vaccines are designed to prevent significant illness; they don’t prevent transmission. We are losing the war against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. More than 460,000 Americans and greater than 2.2 million people around the globe have died from it. Viruses are smart. They constantly mutate in order to “stay…
The dilemma of coding COVID-19 is revealed. One of the things that delights me about ICD-10-CM is that I find new codes (codes new to me, that is) almost daily. And I also think ICD-10-CM is pretty logical; the answers to conundrums are there, if you have faith that almost…
Everything is different, but nothing has changed. I am sure we have all heard the statement “everything is different, but nothing has changed.” There are so many versions, variations, and applications of this on the Internet, but how does it generally get interpreted? The way I see it is that…
The series will highlight the dangers of vaccination hesitancy, which is causing concern among health experts hopeful for herd immunity from COVID-19. In response to deep concern over widespread “vaccination hesitancy” – an issue the World Health Organization (WHO) says is one of the top 10 global health threats –…