cardiology - ICD10monitor

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a physician’s perspective on the Sandy Brewton article, “LHC vs Coronary Angiography: Take Heart When Coding.”I was one of those physicians who once thought a left heart catheterization was done with the coronary artery angiography procedure. That’s because, in the strictest, semantic sense of the…
Is your provider performing a left heart catheterization every time a coronary angiography is performed? Are you coding a left heart catheterization procedure code every time you code coronary angiography procedures? Can coronary angiography be performed without a left heart catheterization? If you are unable to answer these questions with…
Given the added specificity inherent in ICD-10, it’s no surprise that medical necessity denials for physician practices and medical groups are expected to increase throughout 2016. In addition to greater levels of code granularity, three key industry drivers are expected to impact ICD-10 coding compliance among physician practices in the…
Complication coding is a hot topic among coding, clinical, and compliance professionals. It’s considered to be one of the more challenging aspects of coding. Physicians are hesitant to document post-operative complications, as they negatively affect their quality scores on sites like Healthgrades.com. Hospitals, however, need to be compensated for the…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a two-part series on coding hypertension in ICD-10. In this installment, Rhonda Buckholtz provides a clinical context for hypertension. Understanding clinical conditions and relationships is an important component of coding. With many code assignments currently being paid in accordance with quality measures and…
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.  
Once in a while, the people who monitor the ICD codes actually listen to the providers of healthcare (rarely, but once in a while). When ICD-10 first came to the fore as an upcoming entity, the major non-trauma issue everybody noted was that code I10, hypertension, eliminated identification of benign…