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…
The Coordination and Maintenance (C&M) Committee Meeting was held March 7 and 8 at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) headquarters, for the purposes of reviewing proposals for new ICD-10-CM (diagnosis) and ICD-10-PCS (procedures) for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. The agenda was full and required two full…
Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week was observed from Sept. 19 -25, 2016. Prescription painkillers have taken the lives of more than 165,000 Americans since 1999. And even more lives have been lost globally.President Obama is asking for $1.1 billion in federal funding to address this healthcare and community…
September 19, 2016

ICD-10: Coding the Killers

As it does every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released its list of the leading causes of death in the United States. With the transition to ICD-10 and new codes facing provider organizations looming on Oct. 1, 2016, what should coders be aware of regarding this list? A…
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which administers the diagnosis codes released the 2017 ICD-10-CM codes on June 24, 2016. This information can be found at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/2017-ICD-10-CM-and-GEMs.html Since the release of the 2017 ICD-10-PCS codes, the healthcare vendor community has been waiting with bated breath for the 2017 ICD-10-CM…
Life expectancy for American males is remaining stagnant and the overall U.S. death rate recently rose for the first time in a decade, according to concerning data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in April and June.The life expectancy data, which compared rates recorded in 2013…
In advance of the upcoming national observance of Father’s Day and in recognition of Men’s Health Week, which got underway yesterday and continues through Father’s Day, ICD10monitor is producing a two-part series on men’s health.The series will air today on Talk Ten Tuesdays, the live Internet radio broadcast produced by ICD10monitor. The…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continues to make news. “Science Daily” reported recently that a new study from Aarhus University documented that there is some truth to the claim made by parents of children with ADHA that their children have more trouble falling to asleep than other children.…
EDITOR’S NOTE: ICD10monitor produced a special edition broadcast on Friday, March 11 covering the outcome of the Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting. This article is a follow up to the broadcast. A Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting was held on March 9-10 to discuss…
The statistics are striking: Between 2002 and 2013, heroin overdoses in the United States increased by 286 percent, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. In 2013 alone, more than 8,200 Americans died due to a heroin-related overdose.  
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