February 23, 2021

A COVID-19 Vaccination Update from Georgia

By Susan Gatehouse, RHIT, CCS,CPC, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
Nationwide, the vaccination rollout has been uneven.The vaccine rollout in Georgia has been relatively successful thus far, although it is an evolving and ongoing process, as with most states. Per Phase 1A of the state vaccine rollout, only adults 65 and older, their caregivers, healthcare workers, employees at long-term care…
February 23, 2021

My Experience as a COVID-19 Vaccinator

By Erica E. Remer, MD, CCDS
According to Bloomberg News global vaccine tracker, 5.7 percent of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated.  I depress the plunger hard, and the retractable needle pops into the hub like magic. Just like I was told it would! This is the fourth type of needle I have used today,…
February 16, 2021

Setting the Record Straight on COVID-19 Vaccines

By Erica E. Remer, MD, CCDS
This article will pose common questions or concerns from our listeners. I am the co-host of Talk-Ten-Tuesdays because I am a national expert on clinical documentation improvement (CDI) and ICD-10, but I was first a physician who took a Hippocratic Oath to do no harm. I also have always had…
February 16, 2021

Ethnicity Impact on American Heart Month

By Laurie M. Johnson, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
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…
February 16, 2021

Denials Management versus Denials Avoidance: CDI Can Capitalize

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…
February 15, 2021

A Personal COVID Vaccine Experience

By Carol Lester, RN, BSN
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…
February 9, 2021

COVID-19: One Death Per Minute

By Chuck Buck
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…
February 9, 2021

Fighting the War against COVID-19

By John Foggle, MD, MBA
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…