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Coding and Classification

Straight from our coding experts, the latest regulatory guidelines and best practice tips for anyone who thinks in alphanumeric characters.

ICD-10 coding challenge: Epilepsy with status epilepticus

November 30th, 2016 / 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. CHALLENGE QUESTION A 10-year-old male with history of […]

Article: 2016 Convention: Incoming President Brings Passion, Curiosity, and Commitment to HIM

Ann Chenoweth, Incoming AHIMA President and director of industry relations and market research for 3M Health Information Systems, talks about keeping pace with change, how she discovered HIM as a […]

To specify or not to specify – that is the question

November 11th, 2016 / By Donna Smith, RHIA, Sue Belley, RHIA

Donna: Sue, do you know how many unspecified codes there are in ICD-10-CM? Sue: No, haven’t had time to count them!  Why do you ask? Donna: Well, as you know, […]

CAC Exact: A new CAC system performance metric

November 9th, 2016 / By Clarissa George

What percentage of automation is completely correct in a computer-assisted coding (CAC) system? Or, in other words, how many visits does a CAC system get exactly correct? The answer to […]

Audits look at more than correct E/M coding

November 4th, 2016 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

This month, Inside Angle blogger Rebecca Caux-Harry discusses E/M coding guidelines with Andee Andriole, 3M senior manager of outpatient consulting services. Rebecca:  Hi Andee, it was great seeing you at […]

ICD-10 coding challenge: Updated coding guideline A.15 “With”

October 31st, 2016 / By Sue Belley, RHIA

A 47-year-old patient was admitted to the hospital with a chief complaint of an ulcer at the base of his left great toe. Patient has a history of diabetes mellitus, […]

Just a little fender bender? How coding changes affect readmission scores

October 12th, 2016 / By Cheryl Manchenton

So, that minor fender bender? When you take your car into the shop, sometimes there is much more damage under the fender than previously thought. Sometimes changes to the official […]

Webinar: Sepsis – The new CMS Core Measure. Is your organization ready?

Krysten Brooks outlines exactly how and when to recognize, diagnose and code sepsis, so that your organization can be prepared to meet the CMS Core Measure requirements.

Are ICD-10-CM coding guideline 19 and clinical validity diametrically opposed?

October 7th, 2016 / By Sue Belley, RHIA, Cheryl Manchenton, Donna Smith, RHIA

Cheryl:  Hey fellow bloggers, have you heard what people are saying about the new ICD-10-CM coding guideline 19? Sue: I’ve heard a few things. . . Donna: There’s certainly a […]

Connecting the pieces of the CAC puzzle

October 5th, 2016 / By Clarissa George

Have you ever spent time putting together a puzzle only to find out you are missing one or two essential pieces? Few things are more frustrating than an almost masterpiece […]

ICD-10 coding challenge: Epistaxis

September 30th, 2016 / By Sue Belley, RHIA

CHALLENGE QUESTION Epistaxis, or nasal bleeding, is a common occurrence and has been reported in up to 60 percent of the population. In many instances it is minor or self-limiting […]

Time-based E/M coding: When the guidelines don’t fit

September 28th, 2016 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

This month, Inside Angle blogger Rebecca Caux-Harry discusses E/M coding guidelines with Andee Andriole, 3M senior manager of outpatient consulting services. Andee: Hey Rebecca, I was just reading some of […]