An unvaccinated individual is 10 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19; 11 times more likely to die from it. EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was first reported today on Talk Ten Tuesdays. Let’s start with some facts: Smallpox, a viral disease that was around for millennia and killed an…
Provider uncertainty appears to be hampering participation in this program. There are still some providers that are unsure how to participate in and bill for providing COVID-19 services to the uninsured through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Since Feb. 4, 2020, providers that have conducted COVID-19 testing or…
The implication of an incorrect COVID-19 diagnosis can be profound. I made a mistake last week. I was told that the joint American Hospital Association/American Health Information Management Association (AHA/AHIMA) frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding ICD-10-CM coding for COVID-19 had been updated, so I checked the website (https://www.codingclinicadvisor.com/faqs-icd-10-cm-coding-covid-19). On the…
 Research shows that about 14 percent of adults developed at least one new clinical sequela requiring medical care after recovery from COVID-19, though many specifics have yet to be clarified. Though still well below the peaks seen in 2020, COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths in the U.S. are increasing, according…
The effective date for the FY 2022 Official Guidelines is Oct. 1, 2021 Released earlier in the year than in the past, the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting of ICD-10-CM became available online on July 12. You can access the full guideline document at the Centers for Disease Control…
The underlying etiology is sequenced first and the manifestation, or the presentation of the disease process, is coded second. Recently I was listening to a podcast called Coder vs. CDI by my friend, Allen Frady, and his co-host, Amy Czahor, about how to code mild COVID-19 with other conditions; at…
It is critical that the CDISs compose their queries to get codable verbiage in response. In my most recent consulting project, I read many cases and queries regarding pneumonia related to COVID-19, and our Talk Ten Tuesdays listeners have been sending me cases soliciting my opinion as to how to…
The worst exposure is in the airport, while you wait. Last week, my husband and I went on a post-vaccination, we-miss-being-empty-nesters vacation to use some of my airline credits I had accrued from cancelling all my speaking engagements from 2020. We had to change destinations when Georgia dropped its mask…
 CMS also suspended Medicare’s FFS claims payment adjustment through December. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the suspended sequestration payment adjustment of 2 percent –  which applied to all Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) claims from May 1 through Dec. 31, 2020, later extended through March 21, 2021…
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…