Notably, we are in a transition phase now as it pertains to ICD-10, and getting through that phase is going to take some time, perhaps even a few months.
Astute coders comparing this year’s ICD-10-CM guidelines with those in their 2015 books might be surprised by several changes.  Unmarked and made with no fanfare, the changes are worth noting.   A recent line-by-line comparison by AAPC ICD-10 education staff verified changes mostly in Section I. They include the addition…
It now has been a few days since ICD-10-CM/PCS was implemented, and these first weeks and months certainly are bringing some excitement and intrigue. 
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is part one of a two-part series dealing with challenges facing physicians in their adoption of ICD-10. The day finally came and went. I must admit, I am relieved there were no more delays in ICD-10 implementation. It is time to move forward. But ICD-10 anxiety…
Do you have pet peeves? I have many, including those sun-catchers that folks hang on their rear-view mirrors, which on a sunny day blind the drivers behind them. So, what is my PCS pet peeve? Let us discuss the root operations of restriction and occlusion. By PCS definition, “restriction” refers…
April 17, 2015

Decoding the Encoder

It’s often said that one’s journey is just as important as one’s destination. In other words, the process of achieving a goal is as vital as the achievement itself. In coding, the goal is to assign the correct code. Although encoders help achieve this goal, they must always examine whether…
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