The criteria and definitions for sepsis are presented to help medical staff better understand sepsis. I popped on LinkedIn to repost the details of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) listening session regarding complication and comorbidity (CC) and major CC (MCC) comprehensive analysis after a recent edition of…
Confusion persists for the coding of vaping. The issue of vaping continues to generate national and international headlines. On Sept. 18, a teen from London, Ontario in Canada suffered a severe case of pulmonary illness after using e-cigarettes daily. This marked the first reported case in Canada.   In the U.S.,…
Confusion persists for the coding of vaping. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently investigating vaping-related illnesses that have recently been reported. There are 450 confirmed or suspected cases in 33 states. The first death was reported on Aug. 23, 2019, in Illinois. The concern has escalated…
The “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse is nearly $80 million. We were discussing opioid dependence in my CDI education session last week and it spurred me to write this article. Each week we review a topic often elicited by a real-life case. Opioid misuse and addiction is a public…
Complications of CKD include early death and heart disease. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects 15 percent of United States adults, or 37 million people, according to a recent statement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The following are some basic facts about CKD; specifically, it is: More…
HAC coding impacts hospital financial performance. Hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) have been reported on hospital claims since FY 2008. Payments to hospitals ranking in the lowest-performing quartile were adjusted by 1-percent reductions beginning Oct. 1, 2014. This program is known as the Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program, and it is part of…
Consider your health in your travel plans. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which is in Washington D.C., is reminding travelers to get vaccinated if you are planning a trip to areas in which yellow fever is present. Which countries are affected by yellow fever? In the Americas, the countries…
Jan. 30, 2019 is CTE Awareness Day. It has been four years since we started the Patrick Risha CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) Awareness Foundation at stopcte.org. My son, Patrick Risha, was a great high-school football running back and free safety. He started playing at age 10 and over time broke…
The five “Ws” about the flu. It is that time of year again – flu season, which occurs in the fall and winter in the United States, stretching from early October until May. For me, it was a new experience this year, as I got my flu shot! I had…
There is no specific code for this condition at the present time. Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a rare and serious condition that affects the areas of the spinal cord called the gray matter and has been in the news recently. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention…
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