When I think back on all of the road trips I went on with my family when I was a child, I don’t remember how many miles we drove. We once traveled from Arizona to West Virginia – quite a long trek across the country. But what I do remember…
Physicians can benefit from the talents of their medical assistants, and possibly in areas other than ICD-10.Medical assistants (MAs) are typically members of physician office teams. If certified, these individuals have completed a structured education program with courses in anatomy, medical terminology, coding, and disease processes. They are among the…
Though ICD-10-PCS (procedure) codes are only required for billing purposes on inpatient claims, ICD10monitor wanted to know how many of you are using them for your outpatient claims.For billing purposes, facilities are only required to code and submit CPT® codes for outpatient services; however, pre-ICD-10 implementation, many facilities captured both…
Excessive heat warnings and heat advisories have been published recently for much of the Great Plains, Mississippi Valley, Midwest, Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic states, and Southern U.S., according to the National Weather Service. The United States has also experienced dry weather this summer, and some areas are in exceptional drought, such as…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Star Trek Beyond will be released on July 22, 2016. The fourth installment in the rebooted sci-fi series is to begin production on Sept. 26, 2016.If you are unfamiliar with the Star Trek brand, it began with a TV series in 1966 with William Shatner as Captain Kirk…
With the release of the new ICD-10-PCS codes for the 2017 fiscal year effective October 2016, we certainly are hearing lots of discussion and opinions. There are 3,827 new hospital inpatient procedure codes, and 97 percent will update the cardiovascular and lower joint body systems, per the Centers for Medicare…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week’s nightclub shooting in Orlando once again generated a call for mental health screening to help keep firearms and assault weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill. In the aftermath of the shooting, ICD10monitor Publisher Chuck Buck checked in with nationally renowned psychiatrist H. Steven…
June 19 was Father’s Day, and the conclusion of Men’s Health Week, which was celebrated June 13 through June 19. It appears that men are not proactive in taking care of their health, as evidenced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) data. The following statistics have been…
Allow me to preference this by saying I love coders. Many of my best work relationships are with coders. I am a coder, and have been since 1998. Coding gave me my career path into consulting. I owe much of what I have learned to all of those years poring…
There are 123 pending changes to coding for ophthalmology for this coming October due to additions, deletions, and revisions of the ICD-10 coding set. The coding for conditions related to the eye in ICD-10-CM has become much more in-depth and requires the coder to have a greater understanding of anatomical…