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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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reason for visit diagnosis clarified by CMS

December 16th, 2016 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

For years (literally), there have been differing opinions on how the reason for visit diagnosis should be reported. As far back as 2007 (that I am aware of) CMS and […]

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 […]