New CMS document features gems that fill risk adjustment voids for coding rules. Coders love rules. In risk adjustment coding, we live by the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, the ICD-10-CM conventions for code lookup, and the AHA Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. Too often, though, we run…
Anticipated schedule of the posting of new ICD-10 codes, including dates for public comment. Typically, after the annual Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting, the next question is this: when will the new codes be published? The short answer is potentially near late April or early May. Final decisions regarding the…
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, prompting coders to review the coding guidelines for this disease suffered by more than 10.9 million U.S. residents.During November, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is raising awareness about diabetes, diabetic eye disease, the importance of early disease detection, and related preventive…
ICD-10 codes for blindness and low vision are effective Oct. 1, 2017 and reflect parameters from the World Health Organization (WHO). A new set of codes was released for use beginning on Oct. 1, 2017. The category, H54, includes codes for blindness and low vision and with that brings many…
Now it’s just a little less than three weeks until the beginning of October and when the fiscal year (FY) 2018 changes for ICD-10-CM take effect.  Here is a summary of the new changes for ICD-10-CM: 360 new code additions 142 deletions 250+ revisions The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid…
EDITOR’S NOTE: At this hour Laurie Johnson is at the Fort Lauderdale Airport awaiting a Southwest Airline flight that is expected to return her tonight to Pittsburgh, Pa.BOCA RATON---Have you ever experienced preparations for a hurricane in a health information management (HIM) department? I just recently added this experience to…
I am in the middle of a heads-down project, but I popped my head up long enough to read the new ICD-10-CM guidelines for 2018 (thanks for the notification, Gloryanne Bryant!). I had to take a moment to comment on the Type 2 myocardial infarction (MI) guidelines.The reasons we should…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The acronyms MINOCA (myocardial infarction with non-obstructive coronary arteries) and INOCA (ischemia and no obstructive coronary artery disease) recently have come into use in the healthcare industry. ICD10monitor publisher Chuck Buck caught up to and addressed this topic with board-certified cardiologist Stephen Sokolyk, a graduate of University of…
Just released on Thursday, Aug. 10 are the Official ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding and Reporting Guidelines for the 2018 fiscal year, totaling 117 pages. The National Center for Health Statistics, via the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), has posted the guidelines on its website here: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/icd/10cmguidelines_fy2018_final.pdf.Readers should note that the…
For those of you ready to pack up and head for the highways or airports and take off for your summer vacations, I have some advice…Stay at home.  I mean it: stay at home. It’s not just travel-related peril I’m talking about here. There is a world of nasty stuff…