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ICD-10 coding challenge: Coding of supervision of high-risk pregnancy on inpatient records

January 30th, 2017 / By Sue Belley, RHIA

Julia Palmer, project manager with the consulting services business of 3M Health Information Systems, is author of this month’s coding challenge blog. A patient with history of a stillbirth was […]

Unintended consequences of new technologies in health care – thoughts on blockchains, part one

January 27th, 2017 / By Senthil Nachimuthu, MD, PhD

Many of you might have read the recent findings by researchers Isao Echizen et al. from the National Institute of Informatics (NII) of Japan that it is possible to copy […]

Remembering Dr. Bob: “The father of ICD-10-PCS”

January 25th, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

Dr. Robert Mullin passed away on Friday, January 20. A sad day for all of us. Dr. Bob was one of the clearest, toughest, most visionary thinkers it has ever […]

A national quality strategy relentlessly pursuing improvement of eight outcomes: Is now the time?

January 23rd, 2017 / By Norbert Goldfield, MD, Richard Fuller, MS

Everyone, except for the measurement industry, seems to agree that we have too many metrics1 for measuring performance. An increasing number of individuals and organizations are also saying that the […]

Healthcare predictions in a time of uncertainty

January 18th, 2017 / By Kristine Daynes

We all know the Trump administration’s commitment to repeal and replace key components of the Affordable Care Act. What we don’t know is what that will look like or how […]

Important changes to CMS National Coverage Determination (NCD) 220.4 for mammograms

January 16th, 2017 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

In 2017, AMA CPT® expired several codes for mammograms – 77051, 77052, 77055, 77056 and 77057. They replaced the expired codes with 77065, 77066 and 77067 effective January 1, 2017.  […]

The impact of non-medical determinants of health on hospital readmission rates

January 13th, 2017 / By L. Gordon Moore, MD

The Missouri Hospital Association’s exploration of the impact of poverty on readmission rates leads them to suggest, “Before Penalizing Hospitals, Account for the Social Determinants of Health.”[1] Here’s an example: […]

Man vs. the Machine

January 11th, 2017 / By Clarissa George

The game of chess made history in 1997 when the IBM computer called Deep Blue beat the world chess champion Garry Kasparov. Deep Blue was not always better than a […]

Is value-based insurance design the answer to reducing healthcare costs?

January 9th, 2017 / By Steve Delaronde

Value-based insurance design (VBID) arrived in Washington, DC on the first day of 2017 when two of the largest federal government healthcare programs launched VBID demonstration programs.  The long-awaited Center […]

ICD-10 coding challenge: Bronchoscopy and thoracoscopy

January 6th, 2017 / By Sue Belley, RHIA

Julia Palmer, project manager with the consulting services business of 3M Health Information Systems, is author of this month’s coding challenge blog. Assign ICD-10 diagnosis code(s) and PCS procedure codes […]

Public spending on social services vs. direct health care and associated health outcomes

January 4th, 2017 / By Paul LaBrec

In last month’s blog , I discussed the appearance of a new set of ICD-10 codes related to social determinants of health and discussed how this individual-level measurement may be […]

A look back at popular blogs of 2016

December 29th, 2016

Happy New Year and thank you to all our readers! Before we officially start 2017, catch up on five of Inside Angle’s most read blogs of 2016: Overcoming skepticism about […]