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Confusion and apprehension surround new guidelines for deep-tissue pressure injury. The release of the 2020 Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting (OCG) has resulted in confusion and apprehension surrounding the intent of the new guideline related to the new ICD-10-CM codes for pressure-induced deep-tissue damage, or deep-tissue pressure injury (L89.-6).…
In the continuous pursuit of improved efficiencies, can single-source coding be a solution? As organizations continue to evaluate the most efficient and cost-effective ways to streamline operations, there is increasing movement toward single-source physician and facility emergency room coding. This has proven to be a successful endeavor for many organizations,…
More than 4,000 cases were coded in the 2019 contest focused on outpatient coding. ICD-10 is well-established, and we are already discussing and planning for ICD-11. However, where are the long-anticipated and promised increased accuracy and most definitive diagnoses? At least one coding contest found outpatient coding in 2019 had…
Success can cost you more than you thought it would. You might have heard the phrase, “everyone wants to be successful until they see what it actually takes.”  While I’m not sure where the quote originates, I’ve seen it attached to various images, one of which is the feet of…
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…
Nationally renowned psychiatrist uses humor to discuss social issues. I’d suggest taking my considerations and recommendations below with lots of grains of salt. In all seriousness, to start off, Dec. 10 was not only the annual International Human Rights Day, but as we speak, articles of presidential impeachment are coming…
Sepsis is a clinical diagnosis, and clinicians should be permitted to make the diagnosis appropriately. When I step up onto my sepsis soapbox, people often refer to New York State and tell me how they are not allowed to accept Sepsis-3, pursuant to state regulation. Full disclosure: I hail from…
HCCs thrive on specificity and ICD-11 will provide a higher level of specificity than in ICD-10. For those of you who are coding for hierarchical condition category (HCC) purposes, you know that HCCs are categories of related ICD-10 codes. Only selected significant conditions to drive a payment HCC. That means…
There are lessons to be learned to avoid damaging coding habits. Wound debridement is a medical procedure that removes infected, damaged, or dead tissue to promote healing. Debridement is generally associated with injuries, infections, wounds, and/or ulcers. It is also a procedure that may be part of fracture care as…