Even with a relatively low mortality rate, the U.S. had a population of 325 million that was entirely vulnerable to the novel coronavirus. The case fatality rate is skewed older. Consider this: one out of every six people over the age of 80 may ultimately succumb to COVID-19. We do…
With concerns of COVID-19 having a disproportionate impact on certain individuals, such as minorities and the elderly, public health experts are requiring more detailed data, provided on a real-time basis – further supporting the reliability and integrity of data being central to healthcare. Though rates of new COVID-19 cases in…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. David Jury is active in the Fundamentals of Critical Care Support course committee of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) which made possible the contribution of this essay along with editorial support from Piyush Mathur, MD, FCCM who is a staff anesthesiologist and critical care physician…
Over the past few months, the folks at ICD10monitor have seen an increase in website searches regarding two specific ICD-10-CM codes: U07.1 (COVID-19) and F32.9 (Major depressive disorder, unspecified). Some say that this is a sign of the times, and that may be absolutely true, considering what has gone on…
Some doctors don’t understand how coders compliantly select codes. This can set up coding-clinical disconnects. Frankly, I don’t always get it myself, and I’m pretty good at this coding thing. You need to use exact verbiage…except when you don’t. Like no doctor is ever going to say, “hemorrhagic disorder due…
A double whammy: the coronavirus adds to our climate-based mental health concerns. EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final installment in an exclusive series of articles on the impact of climate change on healthcare, written by nationally renowned psychiatrist and author H. Steve Moffic, MD. Dr. Moffic is a popular panelist…
When payers and providers come to the negotiating table this year, they will do so during a pandemic or the tail end of it. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned negotiator, payer contracts can be complicated and difficult to interpret, even with an attorney or a consultant by…
While we continue to remain amid a pandemic, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has not skipped a beat in pressing forward with their plan for addressing potentially fraudulent activity associated with COVID 19 billing.  As the coronavirus pandemic treks on, the…
An Interview of H. Steven Moffic, MD by Chuck Buck BUCK: At this writing, Dr. Moffic, protests and riots continue in Minneapolis and elsewhere over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died last week while in police custody. A former police officer, Derek Chauvin, who is white,…
The diagnosis of obesity is a risk factor for coronavirus. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated information regarding the risk factors for COVID-19. Included in their high-risk groups are those with the following: Asthma Chronic kidney disease treated with hemodialysis Diabetes Hemoglobin disorders (e.g. sickle cell…
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