Providers, nurses, clinical care specialists, health information management (HIM) and utilization review professionals, clinical coders, and clinical documentation integrity specialists (CDISs) are all key to ensuring the integrity of coding, which is an essential requirement in denials mitigation. Collaboration is the theme of my presentation at the American Academy of…
Now more than ever, it’s critically important that medical and health information management (HIM) professionals work to create a healthcare environment that is non-judgmental and welcoming to patients of all backgrounds, according to a recent practice brief published by the American Health Information Association (AHIMA), the subject of which will…
Now more than ever, it’s important that healthcare and health information management (HIM) professionals work to create a healthcare environment that is non-judgmental and welcoming to patients of all backgrounds. Providers everywhere are seeking ways to ensure that all patients have appropriate resources and documentation.
What could be most directly impacting reimbursement among hospitals and health systems? The problem could be, in many cases, the selection of principal diagnoses, since they drive the medical diagnosis-related groups (DRGs).For past 12 months, the health information management (HIM) consulting division at Panacea Healthcare Solutions has been conducting ICD-10 coding reviews among the nation’s…
The 2017 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) guidelines contain several fundamental changes, and certainly some challenges insofar as clinical documentation improvement (CDI) and coding practices are concerned.As an advocate for integration of coding guidelines into our CDI practice, the 2017 IPPS certainly offers an opportunity for tighter collaboration between the…
Given the massive number of new ICD-10 codes and the Oct. 1, 2016 compliance date, HRS and ICD10monitor are producing a special-edition Internet broadcast that will focus on the imperative of pre-bill auditing.The free broadcast will air live at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4. The 60-minute live event is being sponsored…
One of the most vexing issues coding professionals face when coding for infusions and drug administration is the absence of start and stop times.According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Transmittal 902, hospitals are to report codes that indicate the actual time in which an infusion is…
Allow me to preference this by saying I love coders. Many of my best work relationships are with coders. I am a coder, and have been since 1998. Coding gave me my career path into consulting. I owe much of what I have learned to all of those years poring…
March 14, 2016

AHIMA

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals worldwide. Founded in 1928 to improve health record quality, AHIMA has played a leadership role in the effective management of health data and medical records needed to deliver quality healthcare to the public. Serving…
Following the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ICD-10-CM/PCS Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting and public comments and discussion occurring on March 9 and 10, there is lots to follow and stay tuned about in the coding world. This is due to the code freeze being scheduled to end…