Here we are in July, and the third-quarter 2017 issue of AHA’s (the American Hospital Association’s) Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM/PCS has been released, earlier than we’ve seen in the past. It’s good news that this publication has been released so early, though, because we now can get to reading through…
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2018 ICD-10-CM files last week, exciting many in the healthcare industry. The 2018 files contain information on the ICD-10-CM coding updates for the 2018 fiscal year. These 2018 ICD-10-CM codes are to be used for discharges occurring from Oct. 1,…
So here is a different take on how important it is for coders and physicians to have a link with one another, and to respect the professionalism inherent in each field. The 2017 fiscal year ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting recently produced a new guideline (I.A.19) that had…
As a health information management (HIM) coding professional, I always anxiously await the quarterly publication of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM/PCS.  This is something that should be on all coding professionals’ calendars each quarter, and we should all allocate time to read through the content, noting…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a physician’s perspective on the Sandy Brewton article, “LHC vs Coronary Angiography: Take Heart When Coding.”I was one of those physicians who once thought a left heart catheterization was done with the coronary artery angiography procedure. That’s because, in the strictest, semantic sense of the…
Is your provider performing a left heart catheterization every time a coronary angiography is performed? Are you coding a left heart catheterization procedure code every time you code coronary angiography procedures? Can coronary angiography be performed without a left heart catheterization? If you are unable to answer these questions with…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a two-part series on the subject of secondary diagnosis.Related to last week’s discussion on the Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS), the more pressing question is what to do with a relevant condition that is a preexisting comorbidity but is not necessarily evaluated,…
In the April 22 run-up to Earth Day, Talk Ten Tuesdays recognizes the link between global warning and the physical and mental health of Americans—particularly healthcare professionals. Reporting on this link will be nationally prominent psychiatrist H. Steven Moffic, MD. Dr. Moffic has written extensively about physician burnout and in…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a two-part series on the subject of secondary diagnosis. I have read a lot of literature regarding secondary diagnoses, and the typical dogma is that a condition must meet one of the following criteria to be considered codable, according to the ICD-10-CM Official…
The Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meeting was held March 7-8 at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) headquarters for the purposes of reviewing proposals for new ICD-10-CM (diagnosis) and ICD-10-PCS (procedures) codes for the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years.Comments on the proposals for 2018 are due April 7,…