Guidance and advice effective with discharges occurring on and after March 20, 2019.  For coding and CDI (clinical documentation improvement/integrity) professionals, it’s exciting to read over the American Hospital Association (AHA) Coding Clinic on ICD-10-CM/PCS. This publication is a must-have document with must-follow guidance. Although ICD10 University held a webinar regarding…
ICD-10-CM supports this new classification system. Four major cardiology associations have once again collaborated to update the universal standard definition of myocardial infarction (MI), and this effort was more ambitious than any prior effort. In a document published simultaneously by the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the American Heart Association…
The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently announced that notes from social workers and registered nurses will be considered social determinants of health (SDoH).In 1945, World War II was ending, soldiers were returning home, and my mother graduated from nursing school. Her nursing board exam review book is short; the answer…
Healthcare quality and data come from clinical documentation.Bricks and mortar are the foundation of many a structure. Clinical documentation and coding are similar, as they are also the supportive building blocks in healthcare and can be thought of as foundational as well. In healthcare, over the past 25-30 years we’ve…
AHA Fourth Quarter Coding Clinic identifies problematic diagnosis codes.Hopefully the subject of the most recently published Coding Clinic will not be too scary to discuss. It is effective for discharges from Oct. 1, 2017 forward. The majority of this issue (94 of the 111 pages) provides some background to the…
The American Hospital Association steps in; the American Medical Association steps up.On Sept. 27, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would not update its overall hospital quality star ratings in October 2017, as planned. This was primarily based on the public's feedback, but the…
Here we are in July, and the third-quarter 2017 issue of AHA’s (the American Hospital Association’s) Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM/PCS has been released, earlier than we’ve seen in the past. It’s good news that this publication has been released so early, though, because we now can get to reading through…
One subject brought up several weeks ago on an edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays was the sequencing of J44.0, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), with acute lower respiratory infection and pneumonia. Guest Stacey Elliot referred to the Coding Clinic from the third quarter of 2016, which says: “based on the…
It is very important to stay current with the latest coding guidance from official coding resources. Coding Clinic, published by the American Hospital Association (AHA), has released Fourth Quarter 2016. There are six key takeaways from this issue: Diabetes and Osteomyelitis: Previously, the official coding guidelines for this combination stated that…
In the final rule for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) PPS for the 2017 fiscal year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to move the Medicare program toward paying providers based on the quality, rather than the quantity, of care…
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