AHIMA - ICD10monitor

In the past year, the spectacle of clashing interests, priorities, and agendas of the public and private sectors of America’s healthcare system played out in the electronic pages of ICD10monitor’s e-newsletter, which chronicled the turmoil leading to the adoption of the International Classification of Diseases, Version 10 (ICD-10).There it was…
In advance of the upcoming national observance of Father’s Day and in recognition of Men’s Health Week, which got underway yesterday and continues through Father’s Day, ICD10monitor is producing a two-part series on men’s health.The series will air today on Talk Ten Tuesdays, the live Internet radio broadcast produced by ICD10monitor. The…
Laurie McBriertyDee LangHolly LouieGeorge V. Vancore, Jr. Preliminary reports indicate that more than 1,200 healthcare professionals have registered to attend the upcoming special edition broadcast of the industry’s first coding summit scheduled for Thursday, May 19. The live broadcast will feature George V. Vancore, Jr., senior manager and systems integrator and business…
On Feb. 5, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center experienced an electronic health record (EHR) outage that began due to ransomware. This type of malware had shut down the hospital’s internal computer system and communication devices, with only a software “key” capable of reopening the internal data files. The hospital has reported…
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.”
The newly supported ICD-10 code concepts for heart diseases, announced in a Nov. 13 letter from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to the National Centers for Health Statistics, will lead to tremendous improvement in data accuracy for these conditions.  
The American Medical Association (AMA) has asked that AAPC be added as a cooperating party in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) committee responsible for development and maintenance of ICD-10 codes, guidelines, and descriptions — the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee.
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.
Efforts to fix what has been identified as the first significant issue to emerge under ICD-10 — medical necessity — appear to be underway with Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) NGS reporting that it will update its local coverage determination (LCD). The LCD issue surfaced earlier this week, when Laurie Johnson,…