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 nation’s healthcare industry is expected to experience an influx of new codes when regular updates to ICD-10 resume as of the start of October 2016. But will more codes translate to a better way of doing things? That’s the focus of “Getting Specific: New ICD Codes – Will They…
ICD-10 training is rapidly becoming the sort of buzzword that gets everyone rolling their eyes and having nightmarish visions of death by a thousand PowerPoints. It’s true that the subject matter can be dry, and people are rapidly transitioning into training fatigue. That fatigue will lead to complacency and finally…
In business as well as in life, it’s always interesting to look back on what was critically important a year ago to see if those things are as big a deal now as they were then. Back in January 2015, one of the hot topics in healthcare was the transition…
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.  
Jill Finn Ana Croxton At the four-month mark of ICD-10 implementation, practice management vendors are continuing to look for trends and potential issues for their clients. Several things currently being tracked are the overutilization of unspecified codes, claim submission, and payment productivity – and whether payers have implemented some, part,…
In nearly every ICD-10-CM category there is an option for an “other specified” condition. What do these mean, and how are they properly used?
During the transition to ICD-10, external cause codes – the codes that capture specific details about an injury or health event – received a bad reputation.
Chiropractors use many of the same diagnosis codes as other providers that treat conditions of the nervous system, skeletal system, and muscular system. However, there is one diagnosis that’s unique to chiropractic doctors. It is the so-called vertebral “subluxation.” It is the diagnosis that justifies the performance of a chiropractic…
Once in a while, the people who monitor the ICD codes actually listen to the providers of healthcare (rarely, but once in a while). When ICD-10 first came to the fore as an upcoming entity, the major non-trauma issue everybody noted was that code I10, hypertension, eliminated identification of benign…