There are some remaining contamination issues and human errors that produce false positives. In previous articles, I discussed the frequency of false positives in COVID-19 PCR tests (False Positives in PCR Tests for COVID-19) and the resulting impacts (Impacts of False Positive Results in COVID-19 Tests). Ever since PCR tests…
New COVID cases reported daily have more than doubled during recent weeks, since a more modest July surge. As the nation’s COVID-19 pandemic continues to spiral out of control, federal authorities are racing to find ways to mitigate the spread. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last…
False positives distort various epidemiological statistics. In a previous article ("False Positives in PCR Tests for COVID-19"), I discussed the evidence regarding false-positive rates of COVID-19 PCR tests, and walked the reader through an example explaining the mathematics of how these rates lead to a large fraction of positive results…
Federal approval of the Pfizer vaccine, believed to be better than 90 percent effective, could occur before the end of the month. When the long-awaited and much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine becomes available in the U.S., a development that could take place before the end of the year, a set of new…
The prevalence of misinformation coming from the most trusted form of coronavirus test may be more significant than previously thought. Three types of tests are used to diagnose current, active infection by the COVID-19 virus: PCR tests, rapid molecular tests, and antigen tests. PCR tests are generally held to be…
Part I of the Talk Ten Tuesdays broadcast airs today, with the next two parts to follow on subsequent Tuesdays, 10 a.m. EST. During the next three Tuesdays, Talk Ten Tuesdays listeners will be part of an adventure, as we will be reporting on a story that has not been…
There are false negatives; there are false positives; there are untested individuals with disease.  I am in the process of developing a 90-minute COVID-19 webinar for ICDUniversity in December to outline new codes and updates, and my inbox is replete every day with articles about the coronavirus. On Sunday, I…
November 3, 2020

Treating COVID-19

The ICD-10-PCS codes can be found in the XW0 Table for the drug infusions. There were new ICD-10-PCS codes implemented on Aug. 1, involving substances associated with the treatment of COVID-19. As we know, these codes are not to be assigned unless the substances were used to treat coronavirus. Here…
Sepsis is diagnosed through clinical judgment. One of the forums I monitor recently saw a question about sepsis and SEP-1, which elicited this article. SEP-1 is the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program measure titled “Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: Management Bundle.” The issue that Dr. Todd Brown raised was that…
Is this “new normal” a false reality? As we are now well into October, many months into COVID-19, I think we all have to look at what all the associated changes are going to mean for healthcare. I have been seeing so many telehealth advocates saying “the genie is out…