Last week, I encouraged you all to comply with the recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This week, I would like to share some thoughts about how we can improve our health and maintain our sanity while working remotely and practicing social distancing. My first…
The U.S. healthcare system is facing a critical shortage of supplies, including ICU beds. With the rising concern over COVID-19, I decided to look at data to see what our current shortage of ICU beds could be, comparing census data in Medicare cost reports with U.S. Centers for Disease Control…
The uncomfortable truth about the coronavirus pandemic? A near-total and indefinite shutdown of American life is probably just the beginning.   EDITOR’S NOTE: Veteran RACmonitor and ICD10monitor Editor and Correspondent Mark Spivey has spent the last week with his wife at their home in Monmouth County, New Jersey, working remotely…
A cautionary tale about the virus and its potential financial impact on patients. Here are several direct and indirect financial hits patients could see that may not be waived or covered benefit during the coronavirus pandemic.   While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) isn't billing for coronavirus…
The federal agency has recommended that healthcare workers self-report symptoms and not work if ill. EDITOR’S NOTE: On March 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a call to update the provider community on the latest guidance related to COVID-19. During the call, several CDC physicians described…
There are growing fears that the spread of the disease could yield racial bias against Americans of Asian descent. EDITOR’S NOTE: The cacophony of news (and misinformation) on the deadly coronavirus is considered likely to yield racial bias and impact the mental health of America’s most vulnerable: those who are…
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…
Emergency release of the new EVALI code by CDC. On Dec. 9, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published additional guidance regarding e-cigarette/vaping associated lung injury (EVALI). The new code is U07.0 (Vaping-related disorder).     The CDC consulted with the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding an addition to…
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…
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