There is still much to be learned about the COVID-19 associated coagulopathy. The first and ultimate reason for excellent documentation is improved patient care through clear communication between providers and an accurate picture of the patient's medical situation and treatment course. It is essential to capture all the comorbidities conditions…
The issue is with the terminology and the coding implications. Medscape recently highlighted an article from Neurocritical Care, published March 16, by Frontera, Melmed, Fang, et al., titled Toxic-Metabolic Encephalopathy in Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19. When I read the article, alarm bells started blaring in my brain. I am writing…
Some have called this particular kind of pandemic anger, “panger!” EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Moffic, an internationally acclaimed psychiatrist, serves as the resident psychiatrist for Talk Ten Tuesdays. What a year it has been, as we just passed the official one-year anniversary of the advent of our viral pandemic. But it…
The new code is expected to be here in October. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the broadcast script from Dr. Erica Remer’s segment during Talk Ten Tuesdays, March 16, 2021. One of the highlights of my year, and most definitely in this past year, is participating in the ICD-10-CM Coordination and…
As vaccination rates slowly rise, federal officials are urging the pace to quicken. As COVID-19 vaccination rates slowly creep higher in jurisdictions across the country, federal officials are seeking to give the numbers a shot in the arm. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday that this…
There are certain key elements of consideration during CDI review of COVID-19 patients.  Understanding how to clinically validate sepsis and differentiate between sepsis and septicemia is not easy, and requires a lot of time and effort. Sepsis is an overwhelming non-homeostatic response of the immune system to infection causing organ…
EDITORS NOTE: This article has been updated to include a code that should be used for an allergic reaction to vaccines. Vaccination coding and billing questions answered. COVID-19 vaccination is ramping up. We wrapped up Vaccination Nation month at the end of February. I have been fielding questions about COVID-19…
Federal officials are ordering plans and insurers to cover testing without cost-sharing – for virtually any purpose. Federal officials have issued new guidance intended to streamline the process through which Americans can get easy, free access to COVID-19 diagnostic testing and/or vaccinations. “This guidance makes clear that private group health…
Nationwide, the vaccination rollout has been uneven.The vaccine rollout in Georgia has been relatively successful thus far, although it is an evolving and ongoing process, as with most states. Per Phase 1A of the state vaccine rollout, only adults 65 and older, their caregivers, healthcare workers, employees at long-term care…
According to Bloomberg News global vaccine tracker, 5.7 percent of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated.  I depress the plunger hard, and the retractable needle pops into the hub like magic. Just like I was told it would! This is the fourth type of needle I have used today,…