A pregnant woman’s death is often determined by her race as well as the state or country in which she resides. Maternal mortality and maternity care in the U.S. have become heavily scrutinized over the past several years. Close to 700 Americans die annually from pregnancy-related causes, with the maternal…
Already stress and anxiety are building as America awaits the outcome of today’s Presidential Election. Some might wonder why I am discussing a political situation when this is a website devoted to ICD medical coding. Well, it’s for two main reasons. One is that the incidence of many full-blown psychiatric…
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…
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