Providers and the CDC may be setting up a coding-clinical disconnect. EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Erica Remer reported this story live during the Nov. 19 edition of Talk Ten Tuesday. The following is an edited transcript of her reporting. Since I don’t practice clinically anymore, it is challenging to keep up…
Agencies continue their investigation into the underlying cause of electronic cigarette/vaping-associated lung injury. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continue to investigate the underlying cause of electronic cigarette/vaping-associated lung injury (EVALI).    In order to assist public health response in recognizing and…
New guidance for coding vaping is retroactive to Oct. 1 discharges.   The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted new coding guidance regarding e-cigarette lung injuries. This guidance, posted Oct. 17, 2019, is retroactive to Oct. 1, 2019 discharges.   The guidance states that coding professionals should report…
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…
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