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The symptoms for CTE include depression, anxiety, explosive anger, suicidal thoughts, and actions. Today, millions of people are looking over their shoulders. They are doing so because they are being stalked. They are being stalked by their own brain. Their brain is thinking about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Sadly, as…
The number of conditions a patient has is now going to factor into the risk adjustment score (RAS). EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Erica Remer reported this story live during the January 21 edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays. The following is an edited transcript of her reporting. In March, I make my…
Prior authorization is mostly a manual process.  Prior authorizations are not going anywhere anytime soon, but drastic changes on how they are handled may finally be on the horizon. An April 2018 study from the Government Accountability Office found that Medicare prior authorization programs saved the program between $1.1 billion…
In the continuous pursuit of improved efficiencies, can single-source coding be a solution? As organizations continue to evaluate the most efficient and cost-effective ways to streamline operations, there is increasing movement toward single-source physician and facility emergency room coding. This has proven to be a successful endeavor for many organizations,…
Coronavirus is spreading. EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a developing story and ICD10monitor will continue to update you on the latest development on this global health crisis. As of Jan. 27, eight cases of a novel coronavirus (2019-nCor) have been reported in the United States. The outbreak that started in Wuhan, China…
More than 4,000 cases were coded in the 2019 contest focused on outpatient coding. ICD-10 is well-established, and we are already discussing and planning for ICD-11. However, where are the long-anticipated and promised increased accuracy and most definitive diagnoses? At least one coding contest found outpatient coding in 2019 had…
Success can cost you more than you thought it would. You might have heard the phrase, “everyone wants to be successful until they see what it actually takes.”  While I’m not sure where the quote originates, I’ve seen it attached to various images, one of which is the feet of…
Tackling processes and departmental integration requirements for AUC will be key this year. The testing phase for the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) Program officially began on Jan. 1, 2020. Being as there is a purely educational and operational testing period, physicians and practitioners will not be subject to any adverse…