The pandemic disrupted the stability surrounding food, shelter, and sleep. Because Healthfirst has long supported the health needs of underserved New Yorkers, we understand the impact of the social determinants of health (SDoH) on the underemployed, financially challenged seniors, and underrepresented minorities. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we had a…
Housing has long been a hot topic among healthcare organizations striving to address the complex needs of populations at risk of homelessness. Over half a million people were living on the street during the January 2019 annual point-in-time count, and this number is expected to dramatically rise courtesy of COVID-19.…
With concerns of COVID-19 having a disproportionate impact on certain individuals, such as minorities and the elderly, public health experts are requiring more detailed data, provided on a real-time basis – further supporting the reliability and integrity of data being central to healthcare. Though rates of new COVID-19 cases in…
New E&M codes will take effect Jan. 21, 2021. Our number one priority is supporting our healthcare organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic, yet we still must be aware of changes in the way E&M codes are assigned for office visits, based on new guidelines that will take effect on Jan.…
In the hope of finding a silver lining, there may be a small yet significant upside to result from the current global crisis: a focus on the importance of information sharing of health factors, as well as non-medical social factors. Throughout history, viruses and diseases have posed a threat to…
An ICD10monitor article published in March 2015, which generated renewed interest in coding for racism, is updated in light of the coronavirus outbreak. EDITOR’S NOTE: The March 16, 2015, ICD10monitor article, “Is there a code for racism?” received an unprecedented number of searches this past week, prompting this update. London…
Understanding the ICD-10-CM Z codes is essential. On Feb. 6, RACmonitor posted an article by Ellen Fink-Samnick, a frequent contributor to ICD10monitor and Talk Ten Tuesdays. It was titled “Underutilization of ICD-10-CM Z Codes for Medicare Beneficiaries.” She reminded us that it’s been two years since we were given dispensation…
Seven coding challenges reveal a new compliance landscape in 2020. It’s here: 2020! This past year in healthcare, as in many years before, was full of changes, challenges, and some surprises as well. When trying to foresee the key future challenges in clinical coding, the following topics came to mind…
New Year’s thoughts and reflections. The holidays are times for people to connect with loved ones, including family and friends. I would ask that during this holiday season, please look out for our adolescents.    In October 2019, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) published an article indicating that suicide is the…
Approximately $230 billion a year in healthcare costs are directly related to illiteracy and the social factors associated with illiteracy. “Illiteracy” is such a broad term. It states a fact, but the underlying causes and far-reaching life and generational impacts are less well-stated.  The problems are hiding in statistics from…
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