Examining the layers supporting the methodology behind social distancing. The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent population health research center at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine. The IHME was recruited at a state and federal level to provide modeling in determining if or when…
The patient has COVID-19? How is the infection manifesting? You need a code for that detail. The rapidity with which our medical world is evolving is unbelievable. I know that aiming for optimal documentation is a worthy goal, but I recognize that right now, my clinical colleagues have more important…
New condition code for COVID-19 released for healthcare claims.  We are in a state of flux with information, details, instructions, and changes impacting the revenue cycle in healthcare, due to the 2019 novel coronavirus (or COVID-19) pandemic and crisis. One such change is the release by the National Uniform Billing…
COVID cases worldwide approached a million in number as April began. Two new codes became effective for use on April 1; first, U07.1 (COVID-19) may be used for discharges and outpatient dates of service of April 1 and later.   This code should be used so that COVID-19 cases can be…
The new template was designed by a former ED physician. Front-line emergency departments facing an onslaught of patients suspected of contracting the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 now have a new tool designed to help them quickly diagnose patients. The new tool is a documentation template that can be programmed…
He is worried about his own level of exposure to the coronavirus. It is part of my job to stay informed, but I must say that I underestimated the medical and societal impact of COVID-19. From my West Virginia farmhouse, which is three hours from my Washington, D.C. apartment, I…
Latest information comes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Group (MS-DRG) information related to COVID-19, effective April 1, 2020. The diagnosis will be a Major Complication Comorbidity (MCC), and grouping will be dependent on the…
Last week, I encouraged you all to comply with the recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This week, I would like to share some thoughts about how we can improve our health and maintain our sanity while working remotely and practicing social distancing. My first…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dennis Jones is the Administrator of Patient Financial Services for Montefiore Nyack Hospital in Nyack, N.Y., about 20 miles north of New York City. During a guest appearance on Talk Ten Tuesdays this week, Jones outlined how the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting the metropolitan area as hard as…
These are scary times for those working in healthcare. EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Erica Remer reported this story live during a recent edition of Talk Ten Tuesday. The following is an edited transcript of her reporting These are very challenging and scary times for us, especially among those of us who…
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