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The guidelines are effective from Jan. 1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2021. On Dec. 16, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated ICD-10-CM Official Coding and Reporting Guidelines for 2021. The updated document can be found on the CDC website. The changes are focused on COVID-19…
2020 will be remembered, I am certain, as the “Year of the Coder.” Just think about all the new codes that sprang up almost overnight like mushrooms. Obviously, there were a slew of new codes related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Also related to COVID-19 were codes…
I am imploring the official powers that be to reconsider the advice and permit us, instruct us, to use Z86.16 with B94.8. When I am doing webinars, I preface them with the disclaimer that I am not a coder; I only play one on the computer. However, there are times…
Comments are being sought now. With two COVID-19 vaccines now being distributed nationwide and more on the way, in addition to what are sure to be forthcoming enhancements in treatment of the virus, federal officials have issued an interim final rule with comment period establishing add-on payments for such measures.…
There is great news on the COVID-19 vaccine front. Scientists and pharmaceutical companies have developed a series of safe and effective vaccines in record time. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine last Friday, with Moderna’s likely to follow this week. Other vaccines are in the pipeline.…
The new normal: High volumes of acutely ill and dying patients. As a licensed clinical social worker, professional case manager, and doctor in behavioral health student, concern for my colleagues on the front lines of care is absolute. That concern has me hitting pause this week for my usual report…
To think that queries and increased case mix index (CMI) is the end-all and be-all of CDI is a fallacy. In a recent conversation with a chief financial officer of a medium-sized hospital where a clinical documentation integrity (CDI) program was well-established, I raised the question of whether a CDI…
There are very few places in the U.S. that are experiencing low levels of disease and hospitalization. As I and many experts predicted, the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States has ramped up, and the winter is going to be bleak. On Dec. 10 (the day prior to when I…