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COPD and Pneumonia: Code First or Code Also?

One subject brought up several weeks ago on an edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays was the sequencing of J44.0, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), with acute lower respiratory infection and pneumonia. Guest Stacey Elliot referred to the Coding Clinic from the third quarter of 2016, which says: “based on the instructional note, the COPD must […]

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The Evolution of the International Classification of Disease

The International Classification of Disease is perhaps one of the most important diagnostics documents in the medical world. It categorizes diseases and medical incidents that can be encountered, and the document reflects a broader context in which it is created. The ICD aids with health policy decision making and can with a process of finding […]

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ICD-10 Glitch Causes CMS To Relax Payment Penalties

Massive ICD-10 code update is responsible for clogging system and leading to reporting problems. ICD-10 has hit yet another snag after massive code updates resulted in a clogged system and reporting problems for the Physical Quality Reporting system. As a result, CMS has decided to waive the penalties for 2017 and 2018. All eligible professionals […]

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What’s the Key to Better ICD-10 Coding?

Nearly a quarter of all U.S. hospitals now outsource some or all coding functions. Ninety percent of hospitals over 150 beds currently outsourcing their CDI processes reported in Q3 to have realized significant (over $1.5M minimally) in appropriate revenue and proper reimbursements following the implementation of clinical documentation improvement programs in this past year following […]

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Live Long and Prosper Under ICD-10-CM

If you are unfamiliar with the Star Trek brand, it began with a TV series in 1966 with William Shatner as Captain Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock. They traveled the universe with the crew of the starship Enterprise and boldly went where no man has gone before! This beloved series is celebrating its […]

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Coding Impacts for Sepsis Revisions

The changing clinical indicators for sepsis have ignited a firestorm of debate at all levels of the healthcare industry. This month’s column provides a quick review of the changes and identifies three primary impacts to clinical coding as the new guidelines phase in. Comparing sepsis indicators The existing clinical indicators we have used for the […]

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AHIMA Identifies 5 Recurrent Mistakes In ICD-10 Coding

As coders grow and mature in their knowledge of and experience with ICD-10, it’s critical hospital administrators recognize best practices and pinpoint coding deficiencies for continued improvement.

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What Impact Did ICD-10 Conversion Have On Hospital Denial Rates?

After three delays and much industry opposition, the United States’ healthcare industry transitioned Oct. 1, 2015, to ICD-10, increasing the number of diagnostic codes from 13,000 to 68,000.

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Good, Bad Trends in ICD-10 Coding Accuracy: Early 2016 Data Revealed

A recent data set gathered from 300 coders at 50 health systems was revealing with regard to ICD-10 coding accuracy thus far following the October 2015 implementation.

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25 Most Common ICD-10 Diagnoses in 2016

The implementation of ICD-10 in October of 2015 created hundreds of new diagnostic categories that can be recorded in a patient’s chart.

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2017 IPPS: Coding Changes Ahead

The proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS)

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Preventing Medical Necessity Denials

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.

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Toxicity in the HIM World a Cultural Problem

Allow me to preference this by saying I love coders. Many of my best work relationships are with coders. I am a coder, and have been since 1998. Coding gave me my career path into consulting.

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Four Strategies to Stay Afloat During Wave of ICD-10 Denials

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Visualizing New ICD-10 Codes for Ophthalmology

There are 123 pending changes to coding for ophthalmology for this coming October due to additions, deletions, and revisions of the ICD-10 coding set. The coding for conditions related to the eye in ICD-10-CM has become much more in-depth and requires the coder to have a greater understanding of anatomical structure and pathophysiology.

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Four Ways To Get The Wrong ICD-10 Codes

Medical practices and hospitals are finding out that mappings and electronic health records (EHRs) are always getting the correct ICD-10 codes. Medical coders need to work through the documentation to get the right diagnoses and procedures.

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