The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting continued on March 10, with additional diagnosis code applications being discussed.
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…
I am looking forward to attending the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) headquarters this week. Our AAPC members are very anxious to see the changes that will be in the code set this year. As you know, we have had…
EDITOR’S NOTE: In this new series, Scot Nemchik and Sabrina Yousfi will identify ICD-10 “coding culprits” and offer practical advice and insights for addressing issues as they arise.  ICD-10 implementation was a hugely important event, but not catastrophic, as some anticipated. For the most part, we in the healthcare industry…
Can you believe we now have been using the ICD-10 code set here in the United States for four months? Time flies. I often receive technical questions from my colleagues and peers about ICD-10 coding – yes, even before implementation, and certainly after. Even with years of experience and skill,…
In some quarters of healthcare, 2015 was the year of the big malaise. Although former President Jimmy Carter never actually uttered the word in his July 1979 speech about a “crisis of confidence,” his comments ultimately become known as the “malaise speech.”
In our last piece, the first article in a two-part series about ICD-10-PCS, we discussed excision versus resection, occlusion versus restriction, knowing when to report multiple procedures, and more. This piece, the second in that series, provides five additional ICD-10-PCS coding tips. Be sure to also reference our previous article…
After two months of working full-time with ICD-10-CM/PCS, what do we know about the success of providers’ transition efforts? In general, it’s too early to tell. It will likely be 90 to 120 days from implementation before we have solid revenue cycle data to determine the financial impact of ICD-10.…
In a previous article, we reviewed several important ICD-10-CM guideline changes. This month, we’ll present the first piece in a two-part series that focuses on ICD-10-PCS: the system that everyone feared would slow productivity and cause the majority of problems related to documentation insufficiencies. 
I have told you about some of my pet peeves before, and below is another. How many of you reading this article hate Convention A.11 when it comes to PCS guidelines? Come on and admit it: you are silently chuckling about it now! What is A.11?
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